The board may procure liability insurance covering the members of the board, any officer, employee, or agent, or such students whose activities may constitute an obligation or responsibility of the system.
The board may procure insurance to cover injuries sustained by students as a result of their participation in intercollegiate athletics. With respect to any of the risks to be covered by the insurance, the board may contract for the services of a claims administrator and may obtain coverage by any combination of self-insurance, excess or stop-loss insurance or blanket insurance.
Make grants to students from funds budgeted to or controlled by the system and formulate policies and promulgate rules for the grants.
Make grants equivalent in value to the payment of incidental fees to disabled residents of the state who are recommended and supervised by the department of workforce development under s. 47.02
The board may not make a grant under par. (a)
to a person whose name appears on the statewide support lien docket under s. 49.854 (2) (b)
, unless the person provides to the board a payment agreement that has been approved by the county child support agency under s. 59.53 (5)
and that is consistent with rules promulgated under s. 49.858 (2) (a)
By February 10 of each year, the board shall develop and submit to the higher educational aids board for its review under s. 39.285 (1)
a proposed formula for the awarding of grants under s. 39.435
, except for grants awarded under s. 39.435 (2)
, for the next fiscal year to students enrolled in the system.
(7) Confer degrees.
The board may confer such degrees and grant such diplomas as are usual in universities or as it deems appropriate.
The board may make general policies and shall authorize the chancellors to adopt rules regulating the parking of motor vehicles on property under their jurisdiction. Such rules shall not be subject to ch. 227
The board shall establish fines for the violation of any rule made under par. (a)
. The institutions are authorized to collect such fines together with moneys collected from the sale of parking permits and other fees established under par. (a)
, to be used for the purpose of developing and operating parking or other transportation facilities, or campus safety or transportation-related programs, at the institution at which collected or for enforcing parking rules under par. (a)
See also s. UWS 18.05
, Wis. adm. code.
(8e) Parking fees.
The board shall direct each institution within the system to charge a parking fee for the parking of motor vehicles by students, faculty, academic and university staff, and visitors at campus. The board shall require the fee to be sufficient to recover the costs of the construction and maintenance necessary for the parking facilities. Nothing in this paragraph shall be deemed to require the recovery of the costs of land for parking facilities. Nothing in this paragraph shall be deemed to require that all users of the parking facilities be charged a parking fee. College campus facilities owned by a county are not required to charge a parking fee.
See also s. UWS 18.05
, Wis. adm. code.
The board may acquire by condemnation proceedings under ch. 32
such parcels of land as it deems necessary for the use of any institution whenever the board is unable to agree with the owner upon the compensation therefor, or whenever the absence or legal incapacity of such owner, or other cause, prevents or unreasonably delays, such agreement.
(10) University fund.
The board may expend such portion of the income of the university fund on or at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as is appropriated by the legislature for the erection of buildings and the purchase of equipment or books.
The board may invest revenues from gifts, grants, and donations by doing any of the following:
Directly employing a financial manager to oversee the investment of these funds.
Contracting with the investment board to manage the investment of these funds.
Selecting a private investment firm using the competitive sealed proposal process described in s. 16.75 (2m)
Notwithstanding ss. 25.14 (1) (a)
and 25.17 (1) (g)
, the board is not required to deposit revenues from gifts, grants, and donations in the state investment fund if the board invests these moneys as provided in par. (a)
(15) Tax deferred annuities.
The board may continue all salary reduction agreements with its employees pursuant to section 403
(b) of the internal revenue code. The board may enter into new salary reduction agreements with its employees pursuant to section 403
(b) of the internal revenue code or other applicable federal law and may purchase annuities for its employees pursuant to these agreements from such annuity providers, both public and private, as the board deems appropriate.
(16) Commencement of fall semester.
The board shall ensure that no fall semester classes at any institution, except medical school classes and 4th year classes at the school of veterinary medicine, commence until after September 1.
(17) Sabbatical leave for instructional faculty.
The board may grant sabbatical leave of up to one year to instructional faculty, in order to recognize and enhance teaching efforts and excellence, under rules and procedures adopted by the board, subject to the following conditions:
Sabbatical leave may be granted only to those faculty members who have completed 6 or more years, or the equivalent, of full-time instructional service in the system.
Only one sabbatical leave may be granted for each 6 years of full-time instructional service in the system with preference given to those who have been making significant contributions to teaching and have not had a leave of absence except under s. 103.10
, regardless of source of funding, in the previous 4 years.
Sabbatical leave shall be granted for the purposes of enhancing teaching, course and curriculum development or conducting research or any other scholarly activities related to instructional programs within the field of expertise of the faculty member taking such leave.
Sabbatical leave shall be approved by appropriate faculty and administrative committees.
A faculty member shall receive compensation while on sabbatical leave, but such compensation, when combined with outside compensation earned while on leave, shall not exceed the full compensation normally received from the system.
The faculty member taking a sabbatical leave shall agree to return to the institution from which leave was granted for at least one year after the termination of the sabbatical or return any compensation received from the system during the sabbatical.
Funding for the sabbatical leave program shall be provided from the existing general operations appropriation for the system.
(19) Furnishing of services to school districts. 36.11(19)(a)(a)
The board may furnish, and school districts may accept, services for educational study and research projects and they may enter into contracts under s. 66.0301
for that purpose.
A group of school districts, if authorized by each school board, may form a nonprofit-sharing corporation to contract with the state or the board for the furnishing of the services specified in par. (a)
The corporation shall be organized under ch. 181
and shall have the powers there applicable. Members of the school boards specified in par. (b)
may serve as incorporators, directors and officers of the corporation.
The property of the corporation shall be exempt from taxation.
The corporation may receive gifts and grants and be subject to their use, control and investment as provided in s. 118.27
, and the transfer of the property to the corporation shall be exempt from income, franchise and death taxes.
(21) Controlled substances and controlled substance analogs; discipline.
Any student who engages in an activity, on campus or at an event sponsored by a college campus or institution or by the system, that constitutes a violation of ch. 961
is subject to nonacademic misconduct disciplinary sanctions, as provided by the board by rule. In determining the appropriate sanction, the board or its designee shall consider those penalties, including suspension and expulsion, that will contribute most effectively to maintaining a system environment that is free from controlled substances, as defined in s. 961.01 (4)
, and controlled substance analogs, as defined in s. 961.01 (4m)
(22) Orientation program; information on sexual assault and sexual harassment. 36.11(22)(a)
The board shall direct each institution and college campus to:
Incorporate in its orientation program for newly entering students oral and written or electronic information on sexual assault and sexual harassment, as defined in s. 111.32 (13)
, including information on sexual assault by acquaintances of the victims and on all of the following:
Generally available national and state statistics, and campus statistics as compiled under par. (c)
and as reported under par. (d)
, on sexual assaults and on sexual assaults by acquaintances of the victims.
The rights of victims under ch. 950
and the services available at the institution or college campus and in the community to assist a student who is the victim of sexual assault or sexual harassment.
Protective behaviors, including methods of recognizing and avoiding sexual assault and sexual harassment and locations in the community where courses on protective behaviors are provided.
Annually supply to all students enrolled in the institution or college campus printed or electronic material that includes all of the information under par. (a)
Annually, the board shall submit a report to the chief clerk of each house of the legislature for distribution to the appropriate standing committees under s. 13.172 (3)
. The report shall indicate the methods each institution and college campus have used to comply with par. (a)
Any person employed at an institution who witnesses a sexual assault on campus or receives a report from a student enrolled in the institution that the student has been sexually assaulted shall report to the dean of students of the institution. The dean of students shall compile reports for the purpose of disseminating statistical information under par. (a) 1. b.
Annually, each institution shall report to the department of justice statistics on sexual assaults and on sexual assaults by acquaintances of the victims that occurred on each campus of the institution in the previous year. The department of justice shall include the statistics in appropriate crime reports published by the department.
(27) Condition on financial assistance.
The board may not provide any state financial assistance under this chapter to any person during the period that the person is required to register with the selective service system under 50 USC, Appendix, sections 451 to 473 if the person has not so registered.
(28) Lease agreement with the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics Authority.
Subject to 1995 Wisconsin Act 27
, section 9159 (2) (k)
, and subject to any prior lease entered into under s. 13.48 (14) (am)
or 16.848 (1)
, the board shall negotiate and enter into a lease agreement with the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics Authority that meets the requirements under s. 233.04 (7)
and shall comply with s. 233.04 (7g)
(28m) Affiliation agreement with the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics Authority.
Subject to 1995 Wisconsin Act 27
, section 9159 (2) (k)
, the board shall negotiate and enter into an affiliation agreement with the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics Authority that meets the requirements under s. 233.04 (7m)
and shall comply with s. 233.04 (7p)
(29) Other agreements with the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics Authority.
The board may enter into joint purchasing contracts and other contracts, rental agreements and cooperative agreements and other necessary arrangements with the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics Authority which may be necessary and convenient for the missions, objects and uses of the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics Authority authorized by law.
(29r) Economic development assistance reporting. 36.11(29r)(a)(a)
In this subsection, “economic development program" means a program or activity having the primary purpose of encouraging the establishment and growth of business in this state, including the creation and retention of jobs, and that satisfies all of the following:
The program receives funding from the state or federal government that is allocated through an appropriation under ch. 20
The program provides financial assistance, tax benefits, or direct services to specific industries, businesses, local governments, or organizations.
The board shall coordinate any economic development assistance with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.
Annually, no later than October 1, the board shall submit to the joint legislative audit committee and to the appropriate standing committees of the legislature under s. 13.172 (3)
a comprehensive report assessing economic development programs administered by the board. The report shall include all of the information required under s. 238.07 (2)
. The board shall collaborate with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation to make readily accessible to the public on an Internet-based system the information required under this subsection.
(36) Aquaculture demonstration facility.
The board, in consultation with representatives of the aquaculture industry, shall operate the aquaculture demonstration facility authorized under 1999 Wisconsin Act 9
, section 9107 (1) (i) 3
(40) Center for cooperatives.
The board shall maintain a center for cooperatives at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
(43) Programming at University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.
The board shall ensure that the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay implements programming that is jointly developed by the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and the Oneida Tribe.
(47) Armed forces.
If a student who is a member of a national guard or a member of a reserve unit of the U.S. armed forces withdraws from school after September 11, 2001, because he or she is called into state active duty or into active service with the U.S. armed forces, the board shall do all of the following:
Reenroll the student beginning in the semester in which he or she is discharged, demobilized, or deactivated from active duty or the next succeeding semester, whichever the student prefers.
Give the student the same priority in registering for courses that the student would have had if he or she had registered for courses at the beginning of the registration period.
At the student's request, do one of the following for all courses from which the student had to withdraw:
Reimburse the student all tuition and fees paid for all the courses and a prorated portion of room and board payments.
Grant the student an incomplete in all the courses and permit the student to complete the courses, within 6 months after leaving state service or active service, without paying additional tuition or fees.
Ensure that the student is provided a reasonable opportunity to complete final projects and final examinations for all courses in which the scheduled end date of the course is not more than 30 days after the date of the order calling the student into active duty or service unless such an accommodation cannot be reasonably made.
(47m) Service members; priority registration. 36.11(47m)(a)(a)
In this subsection, “service member" means a person who has served or is serving on active duty under honorable conditions in the U.S. armed forces, in forces incorporated as part of the U.S. armed forces, in the national guard, or in a reserve component of the U.S. armed forces.
The board shall ensure that a student who is a service member is given priority in registering for courses at any college campus or institution.
(48) Report on utility charges; assessment of certain utility charges.
The board shall ensure that the University of Wisconsin-Madison reports annually to the department of administration on utility charges in the following fiscal year to fund principal and interest costs incurred in purchasing the Walnut Street steam and chilled-water plant enumerated under 2003 Wisconsin Act 33
, section 9106 (1) (g) 2
. and in renovating and adding an addition to the Charter Street heating and cooling plant enumerated under 2009 Wisconsin Act 28
, section 9106 (1) (g) 3
., and the methodology used to calculate those charges. The board may not assess the utility charges until the charges are approved by the department of administration.
(50) Reserve officer training corps.
The board may not allocate general purpose revenue for the operation of an institution or college campus that prohibits the reserve officer training corps from operating on its campus.
(51) Automobile allowance.
The board may not use general purpose revenue, tuition, or academic fees for the president's or the chancellors' automobile allowance.
(52) Midwestern Higher Education Compact dues.
The board shall make full annual payments of membership dues to the Midwestern Higher Education Compact.
(53m) Designation of building projects.
The board shall not designate any part of a state building project that is subject to approval under s. 13.48 (10) (a)
as a separate building project.
In this subsection, “backup position" means a position that the board is contractually required to provide for an employee who resigns or is terminated from his or her current position.
Annually, the board shall submit a report to the appropriate standing committees of the legislature under s. 13.172 (3)
and to the governor that identifies the number of employees with limited appointments under s. 36.17
and rules promulgated thereunder, the number of employees with concurrent appointments, and the number of employees with employment contracts that require backup positions but who have not yet resigned or been terminated from their current positions.
(55m) Classified research.
The board may accept research contracts involving government security classifications or other similar restrictions on participation in research or access to or dissemination of research results, if all of the following are satisfied:
The research furthers national security interests.
The educational interests of all participating students are adequately protected.
Appropriate facilities, infrastructure, and administrative resources are available for the research, either on campus or at off-campus locations.
The sponsors of the research cover all additional costs associated with the security requirements of the research.