The Employee Assistance Program, initiated by Executive Order No. 74, was signed by Governor Patrick J. Lucey on April 9, 1974. The program concepts were introduced to the campus at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls by the State Occupational Alcoholism and Other Drug Abuse Program. Policy was developed and approved by the Faculty Senate, and a coordinator was appointed in the University Counseling Center. The University of Wisconsin-River Falls has had the program and policy in effect since the 1975 academic year.
The program was designed to offer assistance to employees who, for whatever reason, are having impaired employment performance.
5.13.3 Policy Statement
The University of Wisconsin-River Falls recognizes that a wide range of personal difficulties not directly associated with one's job function may have an effect on employee job performance. Many times the individual will overcome such personal difficulties independently and the effect on job performance will be minimal. In other instances, normal supervisory assistance will serve either as a motivation or guidance by which such difficulties can be resolved so that the individual's performance will be returned to an acceptable level.
In some cases, however, normal efforts will not have the desired effect and unsatisfactory performance will persist over a period of time, either intermittently or constantly. It is in these instances that a supervisor may make a voluntary referral, or the employee may make a self referral to the Employee Assistance Coordinator. In either event, the University of Wisconsin-River Falls is concerned about the employee, and encourages use of the program when needed.
For more information on University of Wisconsin-River Falls policies, see
And for further information on how the Employee Assistance Program works at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, see