UW System employees who are state public officials must comply with the standards in the code of ethics for public officials and employees in Chapter 19 of the Wisconsin Statutes (Wis. Stats. § 19.41 et. seq.). This group includes, generally, the President, vice presidents, and associate and assistant vice presidents of the University of Wisconsin System, chancellors and vice chancellors of each System university, as well as members of the Board of Regents.

The State of Wisconsin Ethics Commission interprets this code. State public officials who have questions relating to themselves or their organizations may request, in writing, advisory opinions from the Commission. The Commission reviews these requests in closed session, and opinions are confidential to the extent permitted by law. The Ethics Commission website is located here.