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Getting Started

First Day and Beyond
  • Parking
    The Parking Department provides parking services to students, employees, and visitors of the university. The Parking Program has been established to govern available spaces. These spaces are enforced by the use of parking permits, meters and time restrictions. Parking is only permitted within the confines of a single marked space or in a designated parking bay in a gravel lot. Parking permits are required when parking in student and faculty/staff (employee) lots as well as physically challenged areas and loading zones.
  • Card Services
    The Carding Office distributes and manages the Campus ID cards used for many services available to students and staff. The Carding Office is located in 160 Davee Library.
  • Outlook Email and Calendar
    View helpful documents and videos to learn tips and tricks for using your Outlook email and calendar.
  • Emergency Alert
    The CityWatch  Alert System is the emergency alert system at UWRF. Sign up for CityWatch alert notifications to be sent to your phone by text message.
  • FERPA
    FERPA is the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act that sets forth requirements regarding the privacy of student records. Learn more about FERPA, basic rules, and take the FERPA quiz.
Payroll/Benefits
  • HRS Self-Service (Time-sheets, payroll process)
    Log in to the HRS system to report leave time, view payroll, benefit and tax information, and update your personal contact information.
  • Total Compensation Calculatorlink
    Calculate the value of your total compensation (competitive salary, comprehensive health coverage and employer paid retirement contributions) by entering requested information.
  • Unclassified Employee Compensation
  • Classified Employee Compensation/Pay Rates
    Classified employees are paid every two weeks.
  • Retirement Benefits
    Learn about employee benefits and retirement information.
  • Reporting Leave and Vacation Schedule
    The University grants paid leave benefits to eligible employee groups. Employees may earn vacation, sick leave and personal holidays in addition to nine legal holidays. Learn more about vacation and benefits above.
  • Employee Evaluation Processdocument
  • University Personnel Systemlink
    The State of Wisconsin authorized and directed the University of Wisconsin System to develop two distinct new personnel systems:
    1. One for all UW-Madison employees
    2. One for all other UW System employees
    These new systems are to be implemented on July 1, 2013.
Safety
  • University Police
    University Police are responsible for:
    • Developing and maintaining crime prevention programs that stop or reduce crimes
    • Implementing and maintaining crime prevention programs through environmental design
    • Securing the campus parameters' including general patrol of campus property by foot, bike and vehicle
    • Stopping or reducing university UW 18, Wisconsin criminal and traffic violations by continuous enforcement and education
    • Investigating crimes to recover and obtain compensation for damages to the campus and victims, communication and sharing information pertaining to safety and security
    • Building an inclusive relationship, with students, faculty, staff, visitors and the community
  • Behavioral Intervention Team
    While countless resources exist to help students adjust to college life and the additional stress, students may still find themselves at risk, without an awareness of these resources. One of the ways the University of Wisconsin-River Falls is addressing these issues is through the work of the Behavioral Intervention Team (B.I.T.) members.
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
    The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a referral service for employees and their families who need help with personal problems. The EAP is a program that can help employees get through tough times.
  • Worker’s Compensation
  • Conceal and Carry Law
    The Wisconsin Administrative Code at UWS 18.10(3) prohibits a person from carrying, possessing, or using any dangerous weapon on university lands or in university buildings or facilities, unless it is for law enforcement purposes or the person receives written approval of the chief administrative officer. Chapter 18 permits police to confiscate and remove dangerous weapons from university lands. To the extent Chapter 18 is consistent with Wisconsin Act 35, the University of Wisconsin System will continue to follow and enforce Chapter 18. Learn more about the conceal and Carry Law above.
  • Emergency Response Guide
    Quickly find phone numbers, emergency communications, medical emergency, fire, bomb threat, utility failure, chemical spill, severe weather, civil disturbance, workplace violence, disturbing or disruptive behavior and evacuation information.

Policies and Guidelines

UW System Policies and Guidelines
  • UW System Policieslink
    The Regent Policy Documents were adopted pursuant to the policy-making authority vested in the Board by Chapter 36 of the Wisconsin Statutes. The Regent Policies address, but are not limited to: academic policies and programs, equal opportunity, tuition and fees, housing, activities of faculty members, student activities, and trust and investment policies.
  • UWS and UWRF Policiesdocument (from the Faculty and Academic Staff Handbook)
  • F50- Segregated Feesdocument
    This policy sets forth legal and policy principles applicable to the administration of student fees.
  • Alcohol and Other Drug Policies and Information
    Be aware of the UW System and UWRF campus policies concerning alcohol and other drugs.
  • Affirmative Action-Equal Opportunity Policy Statement (AAEO) Policy
    The University of Wisconsin-River Falls is committed to a policy of providing equal employment opportunity for all qualified individuals regardless of race, religion, creed, color, sex, gender identity or expression, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, marital status, relationship to other employees, sexual orientation, political affiliation, arrest or conviction record, membership in the national guard, state defense force or any other reserve component of the military forces of the United States or the State of Wisconsin, or other protected status.
  • Mandatory Child Abuse Reporting (Governor’s Executive Order #54)document
    Supplemental mandatory reporting requirements of child abuse and neglect.
  • Guidance on Political Campaign Activitiesdocument
    This document provides general guidelines for employees and students of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls who wish to engage in an important but strictly regulated activity: political campaign involvement. This document is not intended as a source of definitive legal advice on the specific situations discussed below, nor is it a comprehensive legal manual that addresses all political campaign activity.
  • Guidance on Holiday Displaysdocument
    Read about what types of holiday displays are permissible on university property, including in employee offices and cubicles.
UW-River Falls Policies and Guidelines
  • UWS and UWRF Policiesdocument (from the Faculty and Academic Staff Handbook)
  • Use of University Facilitiesdocument (Policy ID: AP-01-103)
    Learn about University Facilities policy. View detailed informationdocument.
  • Acceptable Use Policy (AUP)
    The Division of Technology Services (DoTS) develops and maintains computing resources and facilities at UW-River Falls. These resources are for instructional, research, administrative and community outreach purposes only. DoTS endeavors to maximize the available computational resources within financial constraints and legal commitments of our software licenses. Several policies and guidelines have been developed to maintain an ethical and amicable working environment and to meet the requirements governing the use of University resources. These policies can be found on the DoTS home page of the UW-River Falls web. You are encouraged to read these policies in their entirety once your account is established. A brief summary of the intent of these policies is shown here.
  • Alcohol and Other Drug Policies and Information
    Be aware of the UW System and UWRF campus policies concerning alcohol and other drugs.
  • Campus Safety and Health
    It is the policy of the UW-River Falls that every employee, student and visitor be afforded a safe and healthful working environment within the scope of available resources. Read more here.
  • Affirmative Action-Equal Opportunity Policy Statement (AAEO) Policy
    UW-River Falls is committed to a policy of providing equal employment opportunity for all qualified individuals regardless of race, religion, creed, color, sex, gender identity or expression, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, marital status, relationship to other employees, sexual orientation, political affiliation, arrest or conviction record, membership in the national guard, state defense force or any other reserve component of the military forces of the United States or the State of Wisconsin, or other protected status.
  • Consensual Relationships
    View UWRF's statement on consenting romantic and/or sexual relationships between persons where a power differential exists (e.g., faculty and student, supervisor and employee, tenured and nontenured faculty).
  • Sexual Assault and Harassment
    Sexual assault and harassment are serious actions that demand our immediate attention. At UW-River Falls, we are committed to the prevention of all forms of sex-based abuse. Coercive sexual contact and unwelcome comments of a sexual nature are offensive and undermine the safety, security, and dignity of all members of the university community. The University believes that the recognition of a problem is the first step toward responding to that problem. Toward that end, this publication is intended to provide general information that will help prevent sexual assault and sexual harassment in the university community.
  • Guidance on Political Campaign Activitiesdocument
    This document provides general guidelines for employees and students of UW-River Falls who wish to engage in an important but strictly regulated activity: political campaign involvement. This document is not intended as a source of definitive legal advice on the specific situations discussed below, nor is it a comprehensive legal manual that addresses all political campaign activity.

Resources

Life on Campus
On-Campus Governance
Professional Development
  • Professional Development Opportunities
    Professional development is offered through the Upper Midwest Higher Ed Recruitment Consortium, of which UW-River Falls is a member. Because of our membership, our students and staff have access to a variety of ever-changing professional development opportunities. For a list of professional organizations related to your department, please ask your department director.
    • ACPAlink (College Student Educators International)
    • NASPAlink (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education)
  • Leadership River Fallslink
    Leadership River Falls is a training program that brings together existing, emerging and potential leaders from the area to address community needs, strengthen their individual leadership abilities and encourage participants to commit to assuming leadership roles in the community. The purpose of LEADERSHIP RIVER FALLS is to develop leaders who: are willing to accept ownership of community issues; have skills to help work together; have the skills to empower others to be a part of the solution; and wish to serve others above self-serving interests. This program is sponsored by the River Falls Chamber of Commerce and Tourism.
UW-River Falls Helpful Links
UW-River Falls General Information
  • Strategic Plan
    "A goal without a plan is just a wish." -- Antoine de Saint-Exupery
    UW-River Falls has developed the University's 2012-2017 strategic plan: Pathway to Distinction, focusing on Distinctive Academic Excellence, Global Education and Engagement, and Innovation and Partnerships. 
  • Mission, Vision, Values
    Our mission is to help prepare students to be productive, creative, ethical, engaged citizens and leaders with an informed global perspective.
  • Code of Ethicsdocument
    The University of Wisconsin System in accordance with the State Department of Employment Relations implements a Code of Ethics for its employees. The code of ethics found in chapter ER-MRS 24 of the Wisconsin Administrative Code is meant to help employees avoid activities which cause, or tend to cause, conflicts between their personal interests and their public responsibilities. The chapter does not prevent employees from accepting outside employment or following a pursuit which in no way interferes or conflicts with performing state duties.
  • Administrative Structure
    We are a traditional university under the leadership of our Chancellor, Provost, and Vice Chancellor of Administration and Finance. To learn more about the organizational structure of the university, please see the link above.
  • UWRF History
    View a timeline of UWRF history, its leaders and building names.
  • UWRF Archives
    The UW-River Falls University Archives is the official repository for the permanent, historical records of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. The primary mission of the University Archives is to collect and preserve materials that document the history, development, traditions, and activities of the University since its establishment in 1874, while providing accessibility to the university community as well as the general public. The collection includes student newspapers and yearbooks, course catalogs, directories, masters' theses, commencement programs, administrative and departmental records, photographs, artifacts, and much more.
  • Foundation/Annual Giving
    Our goal is that the University of Wisconsin-River Falls Foundation will nurture and affirm our relationship with you who invest your resources in our university and, ultimately, the assurance that your generosity supports the future contributions our students will make to our communities and our world. Thank you for your support! We invite you to learn more about the many ways you can give.
Division of Student Affairs (DOSA)
  • Mission, Vision and Values and Learning Outcomes
    The Division of Student Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls embraces the mission of the university by providing programs, services, facilities and resources to students in support of academic, professional and personal growth. Student Affairs is comprised of organizational units that strive to complement the academic curriculum and enhance student development opportunities.
  • Organizational Chartdocument
  • Departments
    Division of Student Affairs provides facilities, programs and services that complement the academic experience to fulfill the university's mission of student learning, engagement and success. Here you will find descriptions of the departments as they are structured.
Community and More
  • City of River Fallslink
    River Falls is located approximately 30 miles east of the Minneapolis / St. Paul area.  River Falls was chosen as a 'dreamtown' by Demographics Daily, a division of American City Business Journals.  The city has an estimated population of 15,000 people and approximately 6,400 college students. 
  • River Falls Chamber of Commercelink
    Learn more about the River Falls Chamber and how to connect with local employers.
  • River Falls School Districtlink
    The school district of River Falls, innovative leader in personalized learning, ensures the development of every student's unique potential in order to excel as responsible, productive, global citizens, facilitated by forward-thinking staff in a safe, nurturing, and collaborative environment.
Information for Classified Staff
  • Employee Benefits (FMLA, Jury Duty, Health Insurance, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), etc.)
    Get all the information you need about employee benefits.
  • Risk Management
    The University of Wisconsin-River Falls Risk Management department facilitates university compliance with environmental and occupational safety programs that meet standards established by federal, state and local agencies. Risk Management also coordinates the university's property and liability programs along with promoting risk minimization activities.
    • Accident Reporting
    • Worker’s Compensation
    • Mandatory Trainings
      Contact Connie Smith at connie.smith@uwrf.edu or (715) 425-3344
    • Ergonomic Work Station Information
      Contact Connie Smith at connie.smith@uwrf.edu or (715) 425-3344
  • Materials Safety Data Sheet (MSDS)
    A Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) is an information sheet developed by manufacturers to provide end-users with safety and health information about a chemical product. Federal and state regulations require that UWRF employees have unrestricted access to MSDSs for materials such as laboratory research chemicals, cleaning supplies, welding rods--virtually all of the materials that are used on the job by UWRF employees. The efficient management of MSDSs is required by law and, from a practical standpoint, is critical to ensuring the safety of students, employees, and others who participate in UWRF programs and use our facilities.

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