The Office of Legal Affairs and other campus departments have developed online and in-person training opportunities on legal and compliance issues. A list of some of these training opportunities and a brief description of each follows. We welcome suggestions for additional training as well as opportunities to partner with other units on campus to provide joint training.

Available Trainings

  • HIPAA online modules
  • FERPA online modules
  • EO 54 online module
  • Human Resources Training
  • Search & Screen Training (Recruitments)
  • Ethics & Confidentiality
  • How to Contract with UWM


Online Training

To access the online training described below, simply click on the link provided.


In order to help UWM comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), five online training modules are available. Each training module is targeted to a particular subset of the UWM community required to comply with HIPAA, including students, volunteers, employees, and researchers. In person HIPAA training is also available to demonstrate how to use the online training program.


The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) provides students with the right to inspect his/her own educational records and also limits disclosure of a student’s personally identifiable information absent the student’s consent. This training provides UWM staff an overview of the laws and policies governing the acceptable use and release of student records, as well as how to comply with these laws and policies.

Executive Order 54

UWM strives to provide a safe and secure learning and working environment for everyone involved in university activities. Children come in contact with UWM employees through various programs, camps, and events. In 2011 the Governor signed Executive Order #54, which requires that all University of Wisconsin System employees must report incidents of child abuse and neglect.

In-Person Training

Human Resources Training

Human Resources offers different trainings for development. Please visit their website here to learn about opportunities available.

Legal Affairs Training

To request any of the following in-person training for an on-campus group, please contact Legal Affairs at (414) 229-4278.

Search & Screen Training (Recruitments)

This one-hour training focuses on legal issues in the recruiting process. Topics covered include basic principles, diversity and affirmative action, open meetings and public records laws, creating and retaining documentation, and candidate confidentiality. The campus recommends that all search committees receive this training.

Helpful documents include Legal Issues in the Recruitment Process and the DWD’s advice on Avoiding Loaded Interview Questions.

Ethics & Confidentiality

Legal Affairs can provide training on ethics and confidentiality. Topics covered include accepting items of value (including meals, gifts, educational and travel opportunities), personal relationships, nepotism, outside consulting, signature authority, safeguarding materials, proper use of University information, records destruction, and public records requests.

Helpful documents include the UW System Employee Ethics and Public Records Management Handout (PDF).

How to Contract with UWM

This training focuses on contract basics including contractual provisions specific to UWM. Topics include signature authority, non-discrimination clauses, choice of law and venue, indemnification and liability, confidentiality and open records, proprietary data, and using UWM’s name.