Guide for exiting employees expanding section

As you leave UW-La Crosse to start a new chapter in your life, there are responsibilities that you have to ensure a successful employment separation process. This guide and the exit checklist are presented by Human Resources to provide you with the tools to help manage your exit from UW-La Crosse.

Employees leaving UW-La Crosse for any of the following reasons should follow the exit guidelines:

  • Retirement
  • Resignation
  • Non-renewal of contract
  • Obtained employment with another Wisconsin agency
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Submit a written resignation/retirement notice (except if you have received a notice of non-renewal):

  • Provide your supervisor with a letter of resignation/retirement a minimum of 2 weeks prior to your last day on campus. The resignation/retirement letter should then to be forwarded to Human Resources with an acceptance/acknowledgement by the supervisor.
  • Discuss with your supervisor about using your remaining leave time (if applicable) and scheduling your last day on campus.
  • Your resignation/retirement notice letter should include your date of resignation/retirement and your last day on campus.
  • If you are unsure of how to write a resignation/retirement letter, we have developed a template for your use.
  • Note: If you have accepted employment with another Wisconsin state agency, please be sure to indicate this information in your letter in order to make your transition to the new agency as smooth as possible.

Print out the exit checklist.

  • You will need to complete the tasks listed in the Employee section of the exit checklist. Your supervisor will work with you to ensure that all tasks listed in the Supervisor & Employee section are completed, as well. (Not all items on the exit checklist will apply to every employee.)
  • Once the checklist has been completed in its entirety, including signatures, it is your supervisor’s responsibility to submit it to the Human Resources office.

Benefits and Payroll

  • The Benefits Coordinator will assist you with benefit related questions. Please contact Human Resources: 608.785.8013 or
  • The Payroll Coordinator can assist you with your final leave amounts and setting your last day if you plan to use leave time during your final weeks. Final time reports or leave reports should be prepared and submitted to your supervisor prior to your last day on campus.

Review the IT exit procedures to understand when your accesses to UW-La Crosse IT systems will be terminated.

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  • Print and/or save your earnings statements, W-2’s, retirement statements, etc. from the My UW System Portal. You will not have access to the Portal when you are no longer employed at UW-La Crosse.
  • Update departmental procedures manual or processes that require unique steps to perform your job and should be recorded for the person who will take your place.
  • Work with your supervisor on transition of work in progress, projects, etc.
  • If applicable, submit grades to the Registrar, or if you will not be on campus, work with your supervisor to have the grades processed.
  • Provide closure to your commitments to UWL Foundation, United Way, ERA, etc.
  • Forward your personal emails from your @uwlax email account.
  • Clean work space and desk of personal belongings
  • TowerOne card (ID card): This card is your property and does not need to be returned to the university. Your access to rooms and buildings on campus will be deactivated after your departure.
  • Cancel any deductions, if applicable (i.e. Parking pass, Eagle Rec membership, meal plan, etc...)

Resources for exiting employees

Affirmative Action Exit Interview Survey (if you would like a personal and confidential interview with the Affirmative Action Officer, please call 608/785-8541 to set up an appointment)

Exit checklist

Template for writing your resignation letter

UW System employment changes web resource

Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS)

Guide for supervisors of exiting employees expanding section

As your employee leaves UW-La Crosse to move on to a new chapter in his/her life, there are responsibilities that you have, as a supervisor, to ensure a positive exiting experience, as well as a seamless transition. This guide and the exit checklist are presented by Human Resources to provide you with tools to help manage the employment separation process. 

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First and foremost, you will need to ensure your exiting employee provides you with a written resignation notice, the original of which needs to be forwarded to HR (for some employees, forward to your Dean/Director first for acknowledgement).

It is imperative that you obtain from the employee a list of any programs, website and/or software for which they have access using a login other than the UWL Net ID. You will need to determine whether or not access needs to be disabled or transferred to someone another person within your department/unit.

Communicating with the employee to obtain details and progress on projects and job responsibilities will help ensure a smooth transition of those duties to others in the department.

Supervisors are ultimately responsible for collection of UW-La Crosse property, including but not limited to hardware (ie. cell phone, laptop, iPad, flash drives, etc.), keys and other miscellaneous equipment and supplies.

Be sure to review the IT exit procedures.

Ensure the exit checklist has been completed and turned into Human Resources.

  • Specific items as listed on the exit checklist must be completed when an employee separates employment by resignation, involuntary separation, retirement, death, or non-renewal of appointment. All items may not apply to a given individual.
  • The checklist is divided into sections indicating items for which the employee is responsible, and a section that is the supervisor’s responsibility, in collaboration with the employee. Once the checklist has been completed in its entirety, including signatures, it is the supervisor’s responsibility to submit it to the Human Resources office.
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General housekeeping responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Submit final timesheet/leave report(s) to HR.
  • Vote on emeriti eligibility, if applicable.
  • Remove exiting employee’s name from department forms, web site, contact lists, etc.
  • Review recruitment and onboarding web pages to plan for the replacement of exiting employee.

If you have any questions about the process or your responsibilities therein, please contact Human Resources at 785-8013.

Resources for supervisor

Exit checklist

*Please note, prior to scheduling an appointment with an HR Representative, please first contact the Wisconsin Department of Employee Trust Funds (ETF) to discuss retirement with a counselor 

You are eligible to apply for a retirement annuity from the Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) once you meet the following requirements:

  • You are at least 55 years old (at least 50 if covered by the Protective WRS category); and
  • You are vested* in the WRS; and
  • You end all WRS-covered employment.

*You are vested if:

  • You have any WRS creditable service prior to July 1, 2011; or
  • You have at least 5 years of WRS creditable service if you were first covered by the WRS on July 1, 2011 or later.

Preparing for Retirement

There are several resources you should review before you decide to retire:

Additional Resources