University Personnel System (UPS) Operational Policies

Background

Wis. Stat. § 36.115 authorizes and directs the University of Wisconsin System to develop two distinct personnel systems: one for UW-Madison and one for all other UW System institutions.  They will be   separate and distinct from the personnel system outlined under Chapter 230 of the Wisconsin Statutes (State Employment Relations).  Effective July 1, 2015, the statutes contained in Chapter 230 and the rules and procedures established by the Office of State Employment Relations will no longer be applicable.  Rather, classified staff – soon to be known as university staff – will be placed under the authority of the UW Board of Regents

UPS Operational Policies

The University Personnel System (UPS) Operational Policies have been developed based on the UPS Proposed Implementation Decisions as well as pertinent sections of Chapter 230.  The UPS Operational Policies, when finalized and implemented, will provide the framework for UW institutions, other than UW-Madison, to extend the UW Board of Regents’ authority to university staff.   Additionally, current policies such as the Unclassified Personnel Guidelines (UPGs) will be incorporated into UPS Operational Policies.

Next Steps

UPS Operational Policies will continue to be drafted, shared with the UW institutions including their appropriate governance groups, and the Board of Regents over the next seven months.  In some cases, institutions will need to develop local policies based on the framework outlined in the UPS Operational Policies.    UPS Operational Policies effective July 1, 2015, will be in final form by March 1, 2015 to facilitate the necessary change management and training.