UW Systemwide Policies, Procedures, and Legal Resources
The primary governance policies and procedures for the entire UW System are listed on this page. If you have questions regarding governance at a specific UW institution, please contact the institution directly.
Board of Regents Policies -
Regent Policy Documents have been adopted pursuant to the policy-making
authority vested in the Board by Chapter
36 of the Wisconsin Statutes.
The Regent Policies address, but are not limited to:
- academic policies and programs,
- equal opportunity,
- tuition and fees,
- activities of faculty members,
- student activities, and
- trust and investment policies.
Academic Information Series (ACIS) - A
set of 16 policy papers covering areas such as academic program
planning and review, program audits, inter-institutional articulation,
international education, and distance education.
Academic Planning Statements (ACPS) -
A set of 10 documents
that contain guidelines to address specific procedural issues in a number
of areas, including program audits, academic program planning and review,
inter-institutional articulation, international education, and distance
Technical Instructions - Instructions, prepared by the Office
of Budget and Planning, that provide technical guidance to UW institutions
in developing their annual operating budget.
Financial and Administrative Policies (FAPs) -
Policies pertaining to financial administration, academic administration,
information technology, procurement and risk management, tuition and
fees, human resources/payroll and staff benefits, ownership of intellectual
property, travel, and other administrative policies.
Standards for Consistent Logo Use - Guidelines
for use of the University of Wisconsin System logo; includes language
for equal opportunity statements.
Human Resources Policies - Listing
includes two categories: 1) Systemwide policies, which apply to all UW
institutions; and 2) System Administration policies, which apply only
to UW System Administration employees.
Legal Resources provided by the Office of
General Counsel - Resources
include links to state and federal laws and regulations, as well as written
materials that provide summaries of legal requirements and answers to
frequently asked questions on topics such as employee ethics, tenure
and appointment, academic staff appointments, open meetings laws, and
public records management.
Policies and Contracts - All travel
paid or reimbursed from university-administered funds must
be done in compliance with the university travel policies, regardless of
the funding source. Statutory travel policies and regulations include automobile,
motorcycle and personal airplane mileage reimbursement rates; porterage
tips; moving expense and temporary lodging allowances; and meals and lodging
rates. UW System travel regulations are published by the UW System
- Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Handbook - Sets forth the governance of athletics, including WIAC's constitution, bylaws and administrative regulations.