UPS Policy Change

With the implementation of the University Personnel System (UPS), the information in this section has changed effective July 1, 2015. For more information on this topic, see the UPS website.

When the workforce at a UW System institution must be reduced, it may become necessary to lay off employees.  The applicable framework and layoff regulations are different for university staff, academic staff, and faculty members.

University staff employees subject to layoff will be determined and evaluated by using the criteria contained in institutional layoff procedures.  Those local policies must be consistent with the university staff layoff procedure policies set forth in UPS Operational Policy GEN 13: Layoff for Reasons of Budget or Program.

A chancellor may lay off an academic staff member when such action is deemed necessary, and the Board of Regents board may lay off or terminate a tenured faculty member, or lay off or terminate a probationary faculty member prior to the end of his or her appointment, in the event of a financial emergency.  Academic staff and faculty layoff procedures are set forth in UWS 12, Layoff of Academic Staff for Reasons of Budget or Program  and UWS 5, Layoff and Termination for Reasons of Financial Emergency.

If you have questions about layoff procedures, consult your Office of Human Resources.