The president shall be president of all the faculties and shall be vested with the responsibility of administering the system under board policies and shall direct a central administration which shall assist the board and the president in establishing system-wide policies in monitoring, reviewing and evaluating these policies, in coordinating program development and operation among institutions, in planning the programmatic, financial and physical development of the system, in maintaining fiscal control and compiling and recommending educational programs, operating budgets and building programs for the board. Subject to par. (b)
, the president shall appoint each senior vice president, vice president, associate vice president and assistant vice president of the system. The president shall fix the term of office for each senior vice president, vice president, associate vice president and assistant vice president of the system.
The sum of the number of senior vice presidents and vice presidents of the system that the president may appoint under par. (a)
may not exceed 4.
The president shall appoint a special assistant to the president to serve as the director of the office of educational opportunity under s. 36.64
. The special assistant serves at the pleasure of the president.
The chancellors shall be the executive heads of their respective faculties and institutions and shall be vested with the responsibility of administering board policies under the coordinating direction of the president and be accountable and report to the president and the board on the operation and administration of their institutions. Subject to board policy the chancellors of the institutions in consultation with their faculties shall be responsible for designing curricula and setting degree requirements; determining academic standards and establishing grading systems; defining and administering institutional standards for faculty peer evaluation and screening candidates for appointment, promotion and tenure; recommending individual merit increases; administering associated auxiliary services; and administering all funds, from whatever source, allocated, generated or intended for use of their institutions.
The chancellor may designate a person as provost, to act as chief executive officer of the institution in the chancellor's absence, if the person currently holds a limited appointment as vice chancellor, associate chancellor, assistant chancellor, associate vice chancellor or assistant vice chancellor. The chancellor may not create an additional administrative position for the purpose of this paragraph.
(3m) Meaning of “subject to" in certain provisions.
In subs. (4)
, “subject to the responsibilities and powers" means subordinate to the responsibilities and powers.
The faculty of each institution, subject to the responsibilities and powers of the board, the president, and the chancellor of such institution, shall have the primary responsibility for advising the chancellor regarding academic and educational activities and faculty personnel matters. The faculty of each institution shall have the right to determine their own faculty organizational structure and to select representatives to participate in institutional governance, except that the faculty of each institution shall ensure that faculty in academic disciplines related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics are adequately represented in the faculty organizational structure.
(4m) Academic staff.
The academic staff members of each institution, subject to the responsibilities and powers of the board, the president, the chancellor, and the faculty of the institution, shall have the primary responsibility for advising the chancellor regarding the formulation and review, and shall be represented in the development, of all policies and procedures concerning academic staff members, including academic staff personnel matters. The academic staff members of each institution shall have the right to organize themselves in a manner they determine and to select their representatives to participate in institutional governance.
The students of each institution or campus subject to the responsibilities and powers of the board, the president, the chancellor, and the faculty shall have primary responsibility for advising the chancellor regarding the formulation and review of policies concerning student life, services, and interests. Students in consultation with the chancellor and subject to the final confirmation of the board shall have the responsibility for the disposition of those student fees which constitute substantial support for campus student activities. The students of each institution or campus shall have the right to organize themselves in a manner they determine and to select their representatives to participate in institutional governance.
History: 1973 c. 335
; 1975 c. 39
; 1977 c. 196
ss. 130 (1)
, (2), 131
; 1977 c. 418
; 1979 c. 34
s. 2102 (29) (a)
; 1981 c. 20
s. 2202 (1) (a)
; 1983 a. 27
s. 2200 (15)
; 1983 a. 366
; 1985 a. 29
; 1987 a. 4
; 1989 a. 31
; 1991 a. 39
; 1997 a. 27
, 9456 (3m)
; 1997 a. 35
; 1999 a. 42
; 2001 a. 16
; 2003 a. 33
; 2003 a. 48
; 2003 a. 206
; 2003 a. 320
; 2005 a. 25
; 2007 a. 125
; 2009 a. 28
; 2011 a. 10
; 2013 a. 20
; 2013 a. 166
; 2015 a. 55
; 2017 a. 59
Sub. (5) gives student organizations, rather than the student body, the right to select representatives to participate in institutional governance. Student Association of U.W.-Milwaukee v. Baum, 74 Wis. 2d 283
, 246 N.W.2d 622
Student and faculty voting participation on the Board of Regents is limited to duly appointed members, but hat does not preclude the board or any committee thereof from utilizing groups of nonmembers in advisory capacities. 60 Atty. Gen. 395.
The Board of Regents has no authority to provide a deferred salary plan for employees other than through the state teachers retirement system or the Wisconsin retirement fund. 61 Atty. Gen. 6.
A ruling by the chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire denying a request to conduct door-to-door solicitation in residence halls did not violate constitutional rights. 61 Atty. Gen. 373.
The leasing of university buildings to a religious congregation during nonschool days and hours on a temporary basis while the congregation's existing facility is being renovated and leasing convention space to a church conference would not violate the separation of church and state provisions of the 1st amendment and Art. I, s. 18. 63 Atty. Gen. 374.
Regents should identify how compulsory fees will be used to necessarily and conveniently further the objects of the university before approving a segregated fee. Regent's duties are unchanged under sub. (5). 63 Atty. Gen. 385.
The financing of student organizations through mandatory student fees does not violate the 1st amendment if viewpoint neutrality is the operational principal. Board of Regents v. Southworth, 529 U.S. 217
, 146 L. Ed. 2d 193
With one exception, the university's system, as required by Southworth,
for distributing compelled fees collected from university students to student groups that delegates funding decisions to the student government was subject to sufficient limits. Southworth v. Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System, 307 F.3d 566
Although the 1st amendment establishment clause of the U.S. constitution neither compels nor authorizes the University to categorically exclude funding of activities related to worship, proselytizing, and sectarian religious instruction with segregated fees, the University may nevertheless be able to exclude some or all of the activities to which it objects. The University is free to enact viewpoint neutral rules restricting access to segregated fees, for it may create what is tantamount to a limited public forum if the principles of viewpoint neutrality are respected. However, before excluding an activity from the segregated fee forum pursuant to a content-based distinction, the University must explain specifically why that particular activity, viewed as a whole, is outside the forum's purposes. Roman Catholic Foundation v. The Regents of the University of Wisconsin System, 578 F. Supp. 2d 1121
. Affirmed. 620 F.3d 775
Powers and duties of the board of regents. 36.11(1)(1)
Protection of people; custody and management of property. 36.11(1)(a)(a)
The board may promulgate rules under ch. 227
to protect the lives, health and safety of persons on property under its jurisdiction and to protect such property and to prevent obstruction of the functions of the system. Any person who violates any rule promulgated under this paragraph may be fined not more than $500 or imprisoned not more than 90 days or both.
Except as provided in this paragraph and ss. 13.48 (14) (am)
and 16.848 (1)
, the board may purchase, have custody of, hold, control, possess, lease, grant easements and enjoy any lands, buildings, books, records and all other property of any nature which may be necessary and required for the purposes, objects and uses of the system authorized by law. Any lease by the board is subject to the powers of the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics Authority under s. 233.03 (13)
and the rights of the authority under any lease agreement, as defined in s. 233.01 (6)
. The board shall not permit a facility that would be privately owned or operated to be constructed on state-owned land without obtaining prior approval of the building commission under s. 13.48 (12)
. Subject to prior action under s. 13.48 (14) (am)
or 16.848 (1)
, the board may sell or dispose of such property as provided by law, or any part thereof when in its judgment it is for the best interests of the system and the state. All purchases of real property shall be subject to the approval of the building commission. The provision of all leases of real property to be occupied by the board for use other than for student housing shall be the responsibility of the board. The provision of all leases of real property to be occupied by the board for use as student housing shall be the responsibility of the department of administration under s. 16.84 (5)
, except for leases in effect on July 14, 2015, regardless of any subsequent extension, modification, or renewal, which shall be the responsibility of the board.
The board may promulgate rules under ch. 227
for the management of all property under its jurisdiction, for the care and preservation thereof and for the promotion and preservation of the orderly operation of the system in any or all of its authorized activities and in any or all of its institutions with forfeitures for their violation, which may be sued for and collected in the name of the board before any court having jurisdiction of such action. Forfeitures shall not exceed $500.
The board shall promulgate rules under ch. 227
prescribing the times, places, and manner in which political literature may be distributed and political campaigning may be conducted in state-owned residence halls. No such rule may authorize any activity prohibited under s. 11.1207 (3)
All fines imposed and collected under this subsection shall be transmitted to the county treasurer for disposition in accordance with s. 59.25 (3) (f)
. All forfeitures, including forfeitures of posted bail if any, imposed and collected under this subsection shall be transmitted to the county treasurer for disposition in accordance with ss. 778.13
Subject to prior action under s. 13.48 (14) (am)
or 16.848 (1)
, the board, with the approval of the building commission, may sell or lease state-owned residence halls to another state agency or nonstate nonprofit agency for purposes of alternate use.
See also chs. UWS 18
, Wis. adm. code.
The board shall have concurrent police power, with other authorized peace officers, over all property subject to its jurisdiction, and all property contiguous to such property at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside if owned by a nonprofit corporation the primary purpose of which, as determined by the board, is to benefit the system. Such concurrent police authority shall not be construed to reduce or lessen the authority of the police power of the community or communities in which a campus may be located. All campus police officers shall cooperate with and be responsive to the local police authorities as they meet and exercise their statutory responsibilities. The designated agents of the board may arrest, with or without warrant, any person on such property who they have reasonable grounds to believe has violated a state law or any rule promulgated under this chapter and deliver such person to any court having jurisdiction over the violation and execute a complaint charging such person with the violation. This subsection does not impair the duty of any other peace officers within their jurisdictions to arrest and take before the proper court persons found violating any state law on such property.
The board may employ police for the institutions and chiefs to head such police, or contract for police, all of whom shall be deemed peace officers under s. 939.22 (22)
under the supervision and control of the appropriate chancellor or the chancellor's designees. Such police officers shall meet the minimum standards established for other police officers by the law enforcement standards board or a comparable agency. Such police shall preserve the peace on all property described under par. (a)
, enforce all rules promulgated under this chapter and all other laws, and for that purpose the chancellor or the chancellor's designee may call for aid from such other persons as is deemed necessary.
See also ch. UWS 18
, Wis. adm. code.
The board shall establish the policies for admission within the system and within these policies each institution shall establish specific requirements for admission to its courses of instruction. No sectarian or partisan tests or any tests based upon race, religion, national origin of U.S. citizens or sex shall ever be allowed in the admission of students thereto.
Subject to s. 36.31 (2m)
, the board shall establish policies for the appropriate transfer of credits between institutions within the system, including the designation of those courses which shall be transferable between and within institutions without loss of credit toward graduation or toward completion of a specific course of study.
Subject to s. 36.31 (2m)
, the board may establish policies for the appropriate transfer of credits with other educational institutions outside the system.
The board shall establish and maintain a computer-based credit transfer system that shall include, but not be limited to, the following:
All transfers of credit between institutions within the system.
Other courses for which the transfer of credits is accepted under par. (b)
Each institution that has any of the following applicants shall charge a uniform application fee to that group of applicants:
(4) Injunctive relief.
The board may obtain injunctive relief to enforce this chapter or any rules promulgated under this chapter.
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, 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, 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.