As matters of law, policy, and practice, the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System , and the institutions of the System, are committed to providing access to higher educational opportunity to persons of every race and ethnic heritage, sex, age, religion, and creed. To this end, the Regents have acted and continue to act to support policies and measures designed to assure that no persons shall be denied access to higher educational opportunity on the basis of race or ethnic heritage, sex, age, religion, or creed. For this reason, the Regents encourage gifts, grants, bequests and devises that further and expand educational opportunities in the State of Wisconsin.

Therefore, the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System will accept gifts, grants, bequests, and devises and will administer them in lawful ways. If any proposed gifts, grants, bequests, and devises are subject to a restriction that renders administration of them wholly, or in part, unlawful, impracticable, impossible, or inappropriate, then the Board will withhold acceptance, while it attempts to have those terms modified by consent or by the courts.

As a matter of policy, the Board directs the System and institutions not to accept future gifts, grants, bequests, or devises that include restrictions requiring differentiation on the basis of religion or creed, unless those restrictions are removed by consent of the donors, if living, or by appropriate legal processes, initiated by the legal representatives of deceased donors.

The Business and Finance Committee of the Board should periodically examine terms of existing gifts, grants, bequests, or devises that were accepted in years past and recommend to the Board whether modification of any terms should be sought.

 

History: Res. 2538 adopted 2/5/82; replaces 77-3.