This policy addresses the health, safety and security of persons who use university resources, facilities and services or who participate in university events.


The purpose of this policy is to communicate the Board of Regents’ expectation that UW System institutions are safe environments in which to learn and work.

Policy Statement

It is the policy of the UW System Board of Regents that each UW System institution shall seek to provide a safe, secure and healthy environment in which members of the university community can achieve their educational, research, outreach, service and employment goals.  The Board of Regents delegates to all chancellors the responsibility for making the health, safety, and security of students, faculty, staff, and visitors an integral part of UW System institutions’ operations.  As part of this responsibility, Chancellors shall maintain institution-specific policies for the purpose of advancing:

  • personal security;
  • violence prevention;
  • responses to behavioral and mental health issues;
  • workplace safety;
  • public health and public safety;
  • emergency preparedness and planning;
  • a safe campus infrastructure;
  • a strong communication infrastructure; and
  • risk management.

Members of the university community shall comply with applicable health and safety policies to fulfill their shared responsibility for maintaining a safe and healthy campus environment.  Chancellors shall monitor and address any emerging health and safety issues that may arise within an institution.

Oversight, Roles, and Responsibilities

Chancellors have responsibility for the development, maintenance, disclosure, and review of health, safety, and security policies and compliance with related laws, regulations, and UW System policies.  The Board of Regents recognizes that Chancellors may delegate this responsibility as appropriate.

UW System Administration offices may provide support to the Chancellors in performing their responsibilities and may assist in coordinating activities under this policy.

Related Regent Policies and Applicable Laws

Chapter UWS 17, Wis. Admin. Code, “Nonacademic Student Disciplinary Procedures”
Chapter UWS 18, Wis. Admin. Code, “Conduct on University Lands”
Jeanne Clery Disclosure Act [20 U.S.C. § 1092(f)]
U.S. Code of Federal Regulations [34 C.F.R. 668.46]
RPD 19-15, “Physical Development Principles”
Laws and Code of Federal Regulations on Environmental, Health and Safety


History:  Res. 5744, adopted 04/11/1991, created Regent Policy Document 91-2; subsequently renumbered 19-10; Res. 10756, adopted 10/07/2016, removed Regent Policy Document 19-10; Res. 10755, adopted 10/07/2016, created Regent Policy Document 23-2.