Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination

Madison College is committed to Equal Opportunity /Affirmative Action for its employees and students as required by law. Madison College will provide a workplace and educational environment that is free of discrimination and harassment.   

Learn about Madison College's Affirmative Action Plan. 

Discrimination  

Discrimination is defined as unfair or unequal treatment on the actual or perceived basis of:   

  • Age
  • Ancestry
  • Arrest or conviction record
  • Color
  • Creed
  • Disability
  • Gender Identity
  • Genetic Testing
  • Marital Status
  • Military Service
  • National Origin
  • Political Affiliation
  • Race
  • Sex
  • Sexual Orientation
  • The use or non-use of lawful products during non-working hours

Discriminatory Harassment  

Discriminatory harassment is unwanted, deliberate, or repeated unsolicited comments, slurs, demeaning references, gestures, graphic materials, physical contact, solicitation of favors, advances, bullying, or other adverse treatment when:   

  • Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual's employment, student status or academic participation.  
  • Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment or academic decisions affecting an individual.  
  • The conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment that tangibly affects or interferes with an individual's job performance or other employment or academic opportunities.  

Learn more in Madison College’s Equal Opportunity, Harassment and Nondiscrimination Policy. (PDF)

Reporting Discrimination/Harassment 

The College does not permit any form of discrimination or harassment on any basis prohibited by law. If you believe that you have been discriminated against, or harassed, you may follow the complaint procedure without fear of retaliation. All parties are assured a prompt investigation. To receive information about informal and formal options and complaint procedures available, you are encouraged to consult with Conflict Management Services if your complaint is related to a student or a guest, or Human Resources if your complaint is related to an employee.

  • Informal Grievance Process

    Informal options include receiving coaching on how to most effectively speak directly to the person(s) with whom you have a concern; talking to the appropriate administrator; or participating in mediation, which is facilitated by a neutral third party and is designed to achieve a mutually acceptable resolution between the parties involved. It is used only if the appropriate parties agree to participate. Mediation is private and expedient. If informal attempts to resolve matters of harassment/discrimination fail or are not advisable, a formal complaint may become necessary. 

  • Formal Grievance Process

    Madison College’s Harassment/Discrimination Grievance Process seeks to ensure a thorough, reliable, and impartial investigation and resolution.

    The standard of evidence used in adjudication of harassment/discrimination cases is the preponderance of evidence standard; it is more likely than not, that a violation of the Equal Opportunity, Harassment, and Non-Discrimination Policy has occurred. When a violation is determined, Madison College will provide resources to any person who has been a victim of discrimination or harassment. Appropriate disciplinary measures will be applied to those who violate the Policy. The College complies with federal, state and local laws, including the reporting of certain crimes to law enforcement authorities.

    Madison College Harassment/Discrimination Grievance Process* (PDF, 1715KB)
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    1. File a report for action by Madison College by using the Harassment/Discrimination Report Form
    2. Initial Review and Preliminary Assessment
    3. Notice of Harassment/Discrimination Complaint
    4. Investigation
    5. Review of Investigation Findings and Decision
  • Faculty & Staff Responsibilities

    All employees, except for counseling staff, have a duty to report allegations of discrimination, harassment, or retaliation to the Title IX Coordinator, or other appropriate College designee. Those observing or receiving reports of a potential violation of the Policy must promptly file a report. This report should include the name of the alleged Respondent (if known), the individual who experienced the alleged incident, possible witnesses, as well as relevant details such as date, time, and location.    

    If no complaint is filed, but discriminating or harassing behavior is discovered, the Affirmative Action/EEO Officer or the Dean of Students Office may investigate and take appropriate steps to ensure that the harassment/discrimination ceases. 

  • General Information

    The filing of a formal complaint with Madison College does not restrict the right of a person to complain to state or federal equal rights agencies or to take other legal action. There are time limits applicable to the filing of such complaints with external agencies. Waiting too long may jeopardize the right to initiate an action. Contact the appropriate external agency for more information.

Affirmative Action/EEO Officer

Lisa Muchka, MS
Compliance Coordinator
Human Resources Department
1701 Wright Street, Room AB121, Cubicle K
Madison, WI 53704
Muchka@madisoncollege.edu
(608) 246-5221

Madison College's ADA/504 Coordinators 

ADA/504 Coordinator - Facilities
Joshua Cotillier
Risk Manager
Risk Management Department
1701 Wright Street, Room B1244
Madison, WI 53704
jcotillier@madisoncolleg.edu
(608) 246-6491

ADA/504 Coordinator - Students & Community Members (Guests)
Geraldo VilaCruz, Ph.D.
Dean of Students
Dean of Students Office
1701 Wright Street, Room D1618AL
Madison, WI 53704
gvilacruz@madisoncollege.edu
(608) 246-6442


ADA/504 Coordinator - Employees, Vendors & Third Parties
Lisa Muchka, MS
Compliance Coordinator
Human Resources Department
1701 Wright Street, Room AB121, Cubicle K
Madison, WI 53704
Muchka@madisoncollege.edu
(608) 246-5221

Madison College's Title IX Coordinators

Title IX Coordinator - Students & Community Members (Guests)
Geraldo VilaCruz, Ph.D.
Dean of Students
Dean of Students Office
1701 Wright Street, Room D1618AL
Madison, WI 53704
gvilacruz@madisoncollege.edu
(608) 246-6442

Title IX Coordinator - Employees, Vendors & Third Parties
Lisa Muchka, MS
Compliance Coordinator
Human Resources Department
1701 Wright Street, Room AB121, Cubicle K
Madison, WI 53704
Muchka@madisoncollege.edu
(608) 246-5221