UWM greatly values the contributions of its instructional academic staff, and it is important that you feel part of the UWM community. This includes understanding our values and the policies that apply to all UWM employees. You can find UWM’s Guiding Values at the following link:
Your commitment to these values, including ethical behavior and providing a caring, compassionate, and collegial community, are achieved, in part, through your knowledge of and adherence to these and all UWM policies.
UWM is governed by State statutes and regulations, Board of Regents and UW System policies and procedures, and its own policies and procedures. Below are summaries of several policies that are critical for UWM instructors to use to guide their own behavior as UWM employees. Irrespective of the list below, all UWM staff are obligated to comply with all applicable laws and policies. Lists of campus wide policies can be found at:
- Faculty and Staff Code of Conduct
The Code of Conduct governs all UWM employees and establishes the basic requirements for employee behavior.
- Wisconsin Administrative Code Chapter UWS 8 (Unclassified Staff Code of Ethics)
UWS 8 establishes the core ethical obligations for UW System Academic Staff. These include, but are not limited to, avoiding conflicts of interest and outside activities reporting obligations. UWM staff may not use their university positions to promote their private businesses or outside employment.
- Discriminatory Conduct and Consensual Relationships Policy
UWM prohibits discrimination consistent with State and Federal law. This includes negative action taken against any member of the UWM community based on a protected status such as race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status and religion. This policy also governs consensual romantic or sexual relationships between instructors and students. Instructors may not commence a consensual romantic or sexual relationship with their current or likely future students. A pre-existing consensual relationship with a student under their instruction must be reported to their supervisor so any actual or perceived conflict of interest can be eliminated/managed.
- Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment Policy
UWM prohibits sexual violence and sexual harassment. There are also reporting obligations for UWM employees who learn of incidents of sexual assault and other acts of sexual violence. All UWM employees are required to complete online sexual harassment training every three years (a link will be sent to you for this purpose).
- Fiscal Misconduct
UWM prohibits theft, misuse of UWM resources, and financial conflicts of interest. This policy provides the reporting mechanisms and response to such suspected misconduct.
- Acceptable Use of IT Resources and Information Security
UWM information technology resources should only be used for UWM business, except for brief, incidental personal use. UWM staff must not use UWM IT resources to view or transmit sexually explicit material, for outside business, for political activity, or for any illegal purpose. UWM staff are obligated to maintain the safety and security of UWM information technology resources. They must also guard the confidentiality of sensitive information and records, including, but not limited to, student records and information. All UWM employees are required to complete annual online IT security training (a link will be sent to you for this purpose).
- Child Abuse and Neglect
Per gubernatorial executive order, all UWM staff are required to report suspected child abuse and/or neglect observed or reported in the course of their UWM work.
- Children in the Workplace
Whether UWM staff may bring their children into the workplace is subject to approval by their school/college/department. The circumstances under which employees may bring their children to work must be brief, for specific campus events and/or in the event of an emergency. In no case may children be present in high-risk areas or be left unsupervised.
- Minor Protection and Adult Leadership
One-on-one contact between an adult and a minor is prohibited in UWM-sponsored programs except in the case of a parental/guardianship relationship, one-on-one tutoring, UWM police department interactions, or in cases approved by UWM’s Risk Manager. This policy does not apply to public events or in locations generally open to the public.
- Political Activity by Employees
UWM staff may not engage in political campaigning activities during work hours. UWM staff may serve as elected or appointed officials so long as such work does not conflict with their UWM hours of work.
- Board of Regents Policy on Freedom of Expression
UWM staff enjoy academic freedom to explore their scholarship and research, although UWM may restrict expression that violates the law, defames a specific individual, constitutes a genuine threat or discriminatory harassment, unjustifiably invades substantial privacy or confidentiality interests, or that is otherwise directly incompatible with the functioning of the university. UWM staff may speak on matters of public interest or concern but must make clear that they are speaking on their own behalf and not on behalf of UWM unless expressly authorized to do so. UWM staff may be subject to discipline for violating UWS 18, including, but not limited to offenses against public safety, use of campus facilities, and offenses against public peace and order, in addition to the Code of Conduct.
- Signature Authority
Only certain individuals are authorized to sign contracts, agreements, or memoranda that legally obligate the University. Those individuals are identified here:
No faculty or instructional staff, unless they are also acting in an administrative role with specifically delegated authority, has authority to sign contracts, agreements, or memoranda on behalf of UWM and should not do so.