Frequently Asked Questions - Code of Ethics

Does the University and the University of Wisconsin System (UWS) have a Code of Ethics?

Yes, the University's Code of Ethic is found in the UW-L Employee Handbook-Section B. All University of Wisconsin System employees are required to comply with the Code of Ethics applicable to their employment status.  These codes are designed to prevent conflicts between an employee’s private interests and public responsibilities.

I am a classified employee in the UW System. Is there a UWS Code of Ethics I must abide by?

Yes, all University of Wisconsin System employees are required to comply with the code of ethics applicable to their employment status.  The University of Wisconsin Board of Regents has established a Code of Ethics for Classified Employees.  This code is located in Ch. ER-MRS 24 Wisconsin Administrative Code. To assist UW employees in understanding and abiding by these requirements, the UWS Office of General Counsel has published guidance, entitled: “Employee Ethics/Public Records Management.”

I am an unclassified employee in the UW System. Is there a UWS Code of Ethics I must abide by?

Yes, all University of Wisconsin System employees are required to comply with the code of ethics applicable to their employment status.  The University of Wisconsin Board of Regents has established a Code of Ethics for Unclassified Employees.  This code is located in Ch. UWS 8 Wisconsin Administrative Code. To assist UW employees in understanding and abiding by these requirements, the UWS Office of General Counsel has published guidance, entitled: “Employee Ethics/Public Records Management.

I am a state public official and employee of the UW System. Is there a UWS Code of Ethics I must abide by?

Yes, UW System employees who are state public officials must comply with the ethical standards in the Code of Ethics for Public Officials and Employees in Wisconsin Statutes Section 19.45. To assist UW employees in understanding and abiding by these requirements, the UWS Office of General Counsel has published guidance, entitled: “Employee Ethics/Public Records Management.”