On May 17, 2021, President Thompson approved the following Human Resources policy:

For more details on the approved policy, see the summary below.


SYS 1228, Telecommuting

This policy is effective upon approval.

Summary of Policy

  • This policy enables, but does not require, UW System Institutions to establish telecommuting arrangements with employees when appropriate and desirable for the institution and the employee. Telecommuting arrangements are permitted when approved by the employee and their immediate supervisor with notice of the agreement provided to the appropriate Vice Chancellor/Vice President or designee; when it is feasible that an employee could fulfill their job duties from an alternate location for the period covered by the arrangement; and when the telecommuting arrangement does not disrupt the operations of the UW System.
    • This policy establishes the framework for the creation of telecommuting agreements between an employee and their immediate supervisor, including details related to:
      • Eligibility;
      • Duration and form of the telecommuting agreement;
      • Limitations; and
      • Approvals.

Affected Areas on Campuses

  • Per Wis. Stat. 36.115, this policy applies to all UW System Institutions, except UW- Madison.
  • This policy does not apply to telecommuting agreements that are part of a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 or a religious accommodation under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Campus Implementation

  • Institutions may develop their own policies, procedures, and/or guidance, using this System policy as minimum level of restriction.

Additional Communication

  • No further communication is planned at this time.