Wis. Stat. § 36.115 authorizes and directs the University of Wisconsin System to develop two distinct personnel systems: one for UW-Madison and one for all other UW System institutions.  They are separate and distinct from the personnel system outlined under Chapter 230 of the Wisconsin Statutes (State Employment Relations).  Effective July 1, 2015, the statutes contained in Chapter 230 and the rules and procedures established by the Office of State Employment Relations are no longer applicable.  University staff are placed under the authority of the UW Board of Regents.

The University Personnel System (UPS) Operational Policies have been developed based on the UPS Proposed Implementation Decisions as well as pertinent sections of Chapter 230.  The UPS Operational Policies provide the framework for UW institutions, other than UW-Madison, to extend the UW Board of Regents’ authority to university staff. Additionally, Unclassified Personnel Guidelines (UPGs) have been incorporated into UPS Operational Policies. On July 15, 2019, these policies were integrated into the UW System Administrative Policies and Procedures as the 1200 set.

The UPS policies solely intended to provide interpretation/implementation guidance were converted to webpage format in the form of practice directives and can be found below. Practice directives may have been UPS policies, appendices or other tools intended to be used as a reference point informing practice at institutions. The UW System Office of Human Resources will updated them periodically.