How do I know what services are best for me?
You can choose what services feel most helpful to you at this time.
For example, if you would like meet with a counselor, get help seeking accommodations, and/or learn more about reporting options, UHS Survivor Services offers these services.
If you have concerns about pregnancy risk, STIs, or physical symptoms, you can get support through UHS Medical Services (6th floor Blue). An exam is not required.
Do I have to have a medical exam or counseling in order to get academic or other accommodations?
No. You choose which services are most helpful for you—nothing is required, and you can change your mind at any time.
Everyone at UHS is committed to supporting students, and we believe you. Your experiences should never be questioned. If you felt like they were, you are always welcome to share your feedback through a form on our site.
What is a Forensic Exam?
A forensic exam is much like a physical that your patient would have had for school, sports, or a wellness check at some point in their life; but with a more extensive look at the skin. The exam process (what the nurse does) is directed by the patient. Services can include:
photographs, evidence (q tips/swabs) from different places on the body, toxicology testing, documentation in a medical record, treatment to prevent sexually transmitted infections/pregnancy and HIV preventative medication. A forensic exam does NOT need to include a pelvic/gential exam. Evidence can be collected for 120 hours (5 days) after an unwanted sexual encounter. In Wisconsin evidence can be collected with or without a report. Without a report (called undecided evidence collection) evidence is sent directly to the crime lab. It will remain there for 10 years.
Will my parents find out if I come to UHS?
UHS will not contact parents unless you request it. Even if your parents pay your tuition or insurance, anything you tell us is protected as part of your medical record. But if your parents have access to your MyUHS portal and you have concerns about what they can see, please mention this to your provider. We are more than happy to help you navigate this concern.
Do I have to report to the police or the university if I come to UHS?
No, you will not be pressured or required to report. We can discuss your options for reporting to campus and/or to law enforcement if that is something you are interested in but you will not be required to report. UHS services are confidential unless mandated by law.
Is there a time limit for reporting or for getting services?
No. UHS offers support to students for any sexual assault, dating violence, or stalking concerns, no matter when they occurred.
For reports to law enforcement, there are some considerations regarding timeline for reporting called Statute of Limitations. Please check online for the statute of limitations of the state where the event(s) occurred for additional information.
What if I’m not sure what happened to me?
Often times students aren’t sure what happened—either they don’t remember, aren’t sure if something happened, or wonder how to label their experience. We believe that you deserve support no matter what the circumstances are and we do not label you or your experiences.
What if I am underage and was drinking at the time?
You deserve support. Nothing that you did or did not do caused what you have experienced. In the event you were drinking underage, UW– Madison’s Responsible Action Guidelines indicate that victims of crimes including sexual assault will not be disciplined for underage drinking and are entitled to university and community assistance and are encouraged to seek help.