Health, Safety, Diversity, and Inclusion

As is true for the entire University of Wisconsin-Madison campus, the Department of Medical Physics is committed to providing equal opportunity and equal access, and to complying with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations and University of Wisconsin System and university non-discrimination policies and procedures. It is also committed to providing a diverse and inclusive community that is safe and secure for all students, residents, staff, and faculty, regardless of ethnicity, sex, gender, or sexual orientation. The Committee for Recognizing Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Medical Physics (REDI), led by Medical Physics graduate students, works to foster and build a diverse and inclusive environment within the department, while the Medical Physics Outreach Committee, also led by Medical Physics graduate students, spreads awareness of physics in medicine to the wider community.

While there are many campus resources and activities designed to address health and safety, three in particular are SAFEwalk (evening walking escorts), University Health Services (UHS), and the University Police. The University Police department can be reached at 608-264-2677. Of course, in any emergency, dial 911.

Sexual harassment and sexual assault are important issues and are not tolerated in the UW-Madison community. The UW-Madison Police Department offers a place to go if you believe that you are a victim of sexual assault ( In addition, the Office for Equity and Diversity provides extensive online documentation and contact information, including webpages on Sexual Harassment Information, Safety and Sexual Assault, and an online Sexual Assault Reporting Form, as well as information on discrimination. One may also contact the Office for Equity and Diversity at (608) 263-5562. The Dean of Students Office website is an excellent source of information and provides a convenient single web access point for issues related to personal safety, harassment, discrimination, diversity/inclusion, hate and bias issues and reporting of any such events, multicultural student services, LGBTQ resources and information, options for reporting a student of concern, etc. The Dean of Students Office phone number is 608-263-5700. Finally, the UHS Mental Health Services office offers a variety of services, including individual and group therapy and wellness programs, alcohol and other drug assessment and treatment, etc. An on-call counselor can be reached any time, day or night, at 608-265-5600 (option 9).

Information about the university’s diversity initiatives can be found at the Creating Community website.

A presenter’s guide provided by SMPH is a useful for reference for course instructors and lecturers regarding best practices navigating complex topics such as race, sexuality, gender, and others.