Register April 2016 No. 724
Chapter UWS 8
UNCLASSIFIED STAFF CODE OF ETHICS
Declaration of policy.
Outside activities and interests; reports.
Standards of conduct.
Institutional ethics committee.
Action to avoid possible conflict.
Declaration of policy.
In view of the special relationship of the University of Wisconsin System to the state and to affirm as public policy within the system certain common standards to prevent conflicts of interest, the board hereby adopts the following code of ethics for unclassified staff pursuant to ss. 19.45 (11) (b)
Every member of the unclassified staff at the time of appointment makes a personal commitment to professional honesty and integrity, to seek knowledge and to share that knowledge freely with others. Such a commitment is essential for the university to perform its proper function in our society and to ensure continued confidence of the people of this state in the University of Wisconsin System and its personnel. It is a violation of this commitment for unclassified staff members to seek financial gain for themselves, their immediate families or organizations with which they are associated through activities that conflict with the interests of the University of Wisconsin System.
The Board of Regents, as a matter of policy, recognizes that:
Members of the unclassified staff have personal and economic interests in the decisions and policies of national, state and local government.
Members of the unclassified staff retain their rights as citizens to interests of a personal or economic nature.
The code of ethics must distinguish between those minor and inconsequential conflicts which are unavoidable in a free society and those conflicts which are substantial and material.
In adopting the standards of conduct set forth in this chapter, it is the board's purpose to prohibit only those activities which will result in a conflict between the personal interests of an unclassified staff member and that staff member's public responsibilities to the University of Wisconsin System. It is not the board's purpose to prohibit an unclassified staff member from freely pursuing those teaching, research, professional and public service activities which will not result in such a conflict, nor to prohibit a staff member from accepting any compensation, fees, honoraria or reimbursement of expenses which may be offered in connection therewith.
UWS 8.01 Note
Subsection (3) should be read in conjunction with new s. UWS 8.025
concerning outside activities. The approach reflects the view that the major inquiry in regard to the acceptability of outside activities is whether they may or do present conflicts with, or detract from performance of, university duties and responsibilities.
UWS 8.01 History
Cr. Register, June, 1975, No. 234
, eff. 7-1-75; r. (1) (a) 1. and 2. and (b) 4., renum. (1), (1) (a) (intro.) and (1) (b) 1., 2. and 3. to be (intro), (1) and (2) (a) to (c) and am., cr. (3), Register, January, 1986, No. 361
, eff. 2-1-86; 2015 Wis. Act 330 s. 20: am. (intro.), (1), (2) (intro.), (3) Register April 2016 No. 724, eff. 5-1-16.
In this chapter:
"Academic staff" means professional and administrative personnel other than faculty with duties, and subject to types of appointments, that are primarily associated with higher education institutions or their administration.
"Anything of value" means any money or property, favor, service, payment, advance, forbearance, loan, or promise of future employment, but does not include:
Any salary, expenses or other compensation received by a member of the unclassified staff from the university for his or her services;
Any compensation, honoraria or expenses derived from outside activities permitted under this chapter;
Political contributions which are reported under ch. 11, Stats.
Hospitality extended for a purpose unrelated to university business.
"Associated," when used with reference to an organization, means that a person or a member of a person's immediate family is a director, officer or trustee or owns or controls, directly or indirectly, and severally or in the aggregate, at least 10% of the outstanding equity.
"Board" means the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System.
"Chancellor" means the chief executive officer of an institution.
"Confidential university information" means information relating to university financial operations or personnel which is obtained from university records or in the course of official university business and which is not available to the general public upon request.
"Contracting personnel" means those persons who are designated in writing by the chancellor of an institution or the president of the system to negotiate, review, approve, or sign contracts for the purchase of goods and services on behalf of an institution, the university system, or the board. The term does not include persons who do either or both of the following:
Contract only with outside agencies for research or for services to be performed by the university; or
Negotiate, review, approve or sign only employment contracts.
"Faculty" means persons who hold the rank of professor, associate professor, assistant professor or instructor in an academic department or its functional equivalent in an institution.
Any person who receives, directly or indirectly, more than one half of his or her support from an unclassified staff member or from whom an unclassified staff member receives, directly or indirectly, more than one half of his or her support.
"Institution" means any university or an organizational equivalent designated by the board.
"Limited appointees" means persons holding special appointments to administrative positions designated in s. 36.17
, Stats., and ch. UWS 15
, and who serve at the pleasure of the board or of the authorized official making the appointment.
"Organization" means any corporation, partnership, proprietorship, firm, enterprise, franchise, association, trust or other legal entity other than an individual or body politic.
"President" means the president of the University of Wisconsin System.
"Secretary" means the secretary of the board.
"Unclassified staff" or "staff members" means faculty, academic staff and limited appointees of the University of Wisconsin System who are not subject to subch. III of ch. 19
"Vice President" means system administration officials with the title "Vice President" or other administrative officers with similar duties.
UWS 8.02 History
Cr. Register, June, 1975, No. 234
, eff. 7-1-75; r. (1) (f), (i) and (j), renum. (1) (intro.), (1) (a) to (e), (g), and (h) to be (intro.), (4), (14), (13), (16), (5), (8) and (1) and am. (intro.), (5), (8) and (16), cr. (2), (3), (6), (7), (9) to (12) and (15), Register, January, 1986, No. 361
, eff. 2-1-86; 2015 Wis. Act 330 ss. 8, 20: am. (4), (5), (13), (15) Register April 2016 No. 724, eff. 5-1-16.
Outside activities and interests; reports. UWS 8.025(1)(1)
Members of the unclassified staff are free to engage in outside activities, whether or not such activities are remunerative or related to staff members' fields of academic interest or specialization. However, no member of the unclassified staff may engage in an outside activity if it conflicts with his or her public responsibilities to the University of Wisconsin System or the institution at which the unclassified staff member is employed.
The following outside activities must be reported to a staff member's dean, director or other appropriate administrator:
Associations with organizations, as defined in s. UWS 8.02 (3)
, related to staff members' fields of academic interest or specialization;
Private remunerative relationships between staff members and non-governmental sponsors of university research for which the staff member is a principal investigator; and
Remunerative outside activities in a staff member's field of academic interest or specialization, including but not limited to consulting, and whether the staff member earns for such activities $5,000 or more in a year from a single source.
Each unclassified staff member engaging in outside activities reportable under this section shall annually, on or before April 30, file a report of outside activities with his or her dean, director or other appropriate administrator.
If, during the year, significant changes in a staff member's reportable outside activities occur, the staff member shall immediately inform, in writing, his or her dean, director or other appropriate administrator. This information shall be placed on file with the staff member's annual statement of outside interests.
(3) Institutional policies.
The unclassified staff members of each institution, with the approval of the chancellor, shall develop policies and procedures which shall, at a minimum, provide:
Standards concerning the use of university facilities and personnel in connection with outside activities;
Standards concerning absence from regular duties for the purpose of engaging in outside activities;