UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls
In view of the special relationship of the University of Wisconsin System to the state and to affirm as public policy within the System certain common standards to prevent conflicts of interest, the Council hereby adopts the following code of ethics for unclassified staff pursuant to § 19.45 (11)(b) and 36.23.
A. Every member of the unclassified staff at the time of appointment makes a personal commitment to professional honesty and integrity, to seek knowledge and to share that knowledge freely with others. Such a commitment is essential for the University to perform its proper function in our society and to ensure continued confidence of the people of this state in the University of Wisconsin System and its personnel. It is a violation of this commitment for unclassified staff members to seek financial gain for themselves, their immediate families or organizations with which they are associated through activities that conflict with the interest of the University of Wisconsin System.
B. In adopting the standards of conduct set forth in this chapter, it is the Council's purpose to prohibit only those activities which will result in a conflict between the personal interests of an unclassified staff member and that staff member's public responsibilities to the University of Wisconsin System. It is not the Council's purpose to prohibit an unclassified staff member from freely pursuing those teaching, research, professional and public service activities which will not result in such a conflict, nor to prohibit a staff member from accepting any compensation, fees, honoraria or reimbursement of expenses which may be offered in connection therewith.
A. Personal Gain:
B. Contracting and Leasing:
D. Student Research Protection:
A member of the unclassified staff shall inform students engaged in research under his or her supervision of any financial interest which the unclassified staff member has in the research activity, including, but not limited to, financial arrangements involved in the direct support of the activity, agreements made by the unclassified staff member to obtain data for the research, or agreements concerning copyright or patent rights arising from the research.
Full-time appointment to the academic staff of the University implies that the University has first claim to the individual's professional services. Absences are justified when occasioned by:
F. These rules also apply to those academic staff members who are employed on a fractional basis.
When it appears that a material conflict may arise between the personal interests of a staff member and his or her public responsibilities to the University, the staff member shall notify his or her Dean or other appropriate administrator by submitting a written statement describing the nature of the possible conflict.
Within 15 days after receipt of the statement, the Dean or other appropriate administrator shall advise the staff member in writing that:
A. there is no conflict prohibited by this chapter and the staff member may proceed; or
B. there may be a conflict and further consultation is necessary prior to reaching a determination; or
C. there is a conflict which must be resolved in one of the following ways:
A. Outside Activities:
Members of the unclassified staff are free to engage in outside activities, whether or not such activities are remunerative or related to staff members' fields of academic interest or specialization. However, no member of the unclassified staff may engage in an outside activity if it conflicts with his or her public responsibilities to the University of Wisconsin System or the institution at which the unclassified staff member is employed.
B. Reportable Outside Activities:
C. Reporting of Outside Activities:
The academic staff member may appeal a decision regarding the impropriety of his or her outside activities. The grievance shall be submitted to the Academic Staff Council in accordance with the procedures of Section 6.12 (Grievances).
No academic staff member shall use University facilities, equipment, or services for purposes of private practice without first obtaining written approval from the supervisor, Dean or functional equivalent, and the Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance and the payment of a reasonable fee for the privilege enjoyed.