Several basic documents contain materials describing faculty and academic staff matters. These documents are the Wisconsin Statutes (particularly Chapter 36--the "Merger Law"), the Wisconsin Administrative Code for the University of Wisconsin System (UWS), the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse Faculty Personnel Rules, the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse--Policies and Procedures for Academic Staff and the by-laws of individual academic departments.
Chapter 36 of the Wisconsin Statutes creates the University of Wisconsin System and details the responsibilities of the UW-System board of regents, the president, the chancellors, the faculty, and the students. It also governs faculty tenure and probationary appointments, as well as academic staff appointments.
The Wisconsin Administrative Code for the University of Wisconsin System governs faculty appointments; procedures for dismissal, layoff and termination of faculty for reasons of financial emergency; complaints and grievances; outside activities by faculty; faculty/academic staff ethics; academic staff appointments and dismissal for cause; layoff of academic staff for budget or program reasons; outside activities by academic staff, limited and other appointments; student disciplinary procedures; conduct on university lands; and sick leave.
Both the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse Faculty Personnel Rules and the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse Policies and Procedures for Academic Staff respond to the Administrative Code and UWS chapters by supplying, where required, campus details and implementation. The by-laws of individual academic departments further respond to these documents by supplying details and implementation within departments.
In addition to these documents, faculty governance at the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse is implemented by
The Articles of Organization define the faculty of the institution as well as the powers, duties and organization of the Faculty Senate. The Faculty Senate Bylaws describe operation and responsibilities of the various Faculty Senate Standing committees. The Faculty Senate Policies list the policies adopted by the Faculty Senate.