Original Issuance Date: March 25, 2020

Expiration Date: Determined by UW System President (See section 5.A.III)

1.     Interim Policy Purpose

This interim policy provides an extension on the required information security awareness training for UW System students and employees who access University of Wisconsin (UW) System information technology assets. UW System Administration (UWSA) understands that during the COVID-19 pandemic, resources are being diverted to activities other than employees’ routine activities. As such, this interim policy provides students and employees who have a training deadline during the pandemic additional time to complete their information security awareness training.

2.     Related System Administrative Policies

This policy temporarily amends portions of SYS 1032, Information Security: Awareness, Section 6.

3.     Scope

This interim policy applies to authorized users who are issued digital credentials to access non-public information technology (IT) digital resources under the control of the University of Wisconsin (UW) System.

4.     Definitions

Employee: Faculty, staff, or students who are employed by an institution, whether compensated or voluntary. 

5.     Interim Policy Statement

A. Information Security Awareness Training Extension

  1. Students and employees who have annual information security awareness training deadlines during the COVID-19 pandemic will be granted an additional three (3) months past the original deadline to complete their training.
  2. All newly hired employees are still required to complete information security awareness training within 30 days of their initial hire date.
  3. This policy expires at the conclusion of the COVID-19 pandemic emergency, as determined by the UW System President.

6.     Supplemental Documents

None listed.