Work rules are defined as "rules promulgated by the employer within its discretion which regulate the personal conduct of employees as it affects their employment except that the employer any enforce these rules outside the normal work hours when the conduct of the employee would prejudice the interest of the State as an employer." The following work rules are issued by the University of Wisconsin System as part of its responsibility under law to inform all classified employees of personal conduct considered unacceptable as a University of Wisconsin employee. These rules have not been established to restrict the rights of employees, but rather to advise them of prohibited conduct which would interfere with the university's objectives in maintaining an orderly and efficient system.
A classified employee engaging in one or more of the following forms of prohibited conduct may result in disciplinary action ranging from a reprimand to immediate discharge, depending upon the specific form of conduct and/or the number of infractions pursuant to Section l6.28, Wisconsin Statutes and Wisconsin Administrative Code, Chapter ER-Pers 23, or pursuant to existing collective bargaining agreements.
I. Work Performance
l. Insubordination, including disobedience, or failure or refusal to carry out assignments or instructions.
2. Loafing, loitering, sleeping or engaging in unauthorized personal business.
3. Unauthorized disclosure of confidential information or records.
4. Falsifying records or giving false information to other state agencies or to employees responsible for record keeping.
5. Failure to provide accurate and complete information whenever such information is required by an authorized person.
6. Failure to comply with health, safety, and sanitation requirements, rules, and regulations.
7. Negligence in performance of assigned duties.
II. Attendance and Punctuality
l. Failure to report promptly at the starting time of a shift or leaving before the scheduled quitting time of a shift without the specific approval of the supervisor.
2. Unexcused or excessive absenteeism.
3. Failure to observe the time limits and scheduling of lunch, rest or wash-up periods.
4. Failure to notify the supervisor promptly of unanticipated absence or tardiness.
III. Use of Property
l. Unauthorized or improper use of university property or equipment including vehicles, telephone or mail service.
2. Unauthorized possession or removal of University or another person's private property.
3. Unauthorized posting or removing of notices or signs from bulletin boards.
4. Unauthorized use, lending, borrowing or duplicating of University keys.
5. Unauthorized entry to university property, including unauthorized entry outside of assigned hours of work or entry to restricted areas.
IV. Personal Actions and Appearance
l. Threatening, attempting, or doing bodily harm to another person.
2. Threatening, intimidating, interfering with, or using abusive language toward others.
3. Unauthorized possession of weapons.
4. Making false or malicious statements concerning other employees, supervisors, students or the University.
5. Use of alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs during work hours.
6. Reporting for work under the influence of alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs.
7. Unauthorized solicitation for any purpose.
8. Inappropriate dress or lack of personal hygiene which adversely affects proper performance of duties or constitutes a health or safety hazard.
9. Unauthorized or improper use or possession of uniforms, identification cards, badges, or permits.
l0. Failure to exercise good judgment, or being discourteous in dealing with fellow employees, students or the general public.
These work rules do not constitute the entire list of violations for which employees may be disciplined. Other rules are provided by statutes, by Administrative Code, and by administrative procedure established by management. Violations of these rules can also result in appropriate disciplinary action. Additional work rules may be established by management to meet special requirements of departments or work units or as circumstances require.