Welcome to UW System Administration!

This website contains information and resources that will help you navigate and make the most out of your employment at the UW System Administration.

If you have any questions or concerns throughout your employment, feel free to contact UW System Human Resources at (608) 263-4375.

“Our greatest strength throughout the University of Wisconsin has always been, and always will be, our people.”
– President Ray Cross

Wiscards function as UWSA employee's employee ID cards. UWSA employees are required to obtain a Wiscard. Your Wiscard should remain active and in your possession throughout the course of your employment.

UWSA employees have access to the same Wiscard perks as UW-Madison employees:

UWSA is proud to offer programs that provide employees support they may need, both personally and professionally, to help do their jobs effectively:

There are several different employee categories in the UW System Administration including Academic Staff, Limited Appointees, University Staff and Students.  Your employee category can be found on appointment letter or by contacting the UW System Human Resources.

The UW System has two separate personnel systems -  University Personnel System (UPS) and UW-Madison's Human Resources Design (HR Design):

International Staff Services

UWSA has entered into a partnership with UW-Madison to consolidate and standardize immigration services for international employees to UW System Institutions. UW-Madison's International Faculty and Staff Services (IFSS) is the Center of Excellence providing expertise in employee immigration services for UWSA international employees. To reach the IFSS team, please email:  Immigration@ohr.wisc.edu.

Payroll schedules vary by employee category:

Employees can view earnings statements, benefits elections, direct deposit information and other personal information in the UW Portal.

The University of Wisconsin System is committed to a performance management system that fosters and acknowledges excellent employee performance. Performance management should be conducted with fairness and transparency, and should also include opportunities to discuss and plan for employee career development.

This policy applies to all University of Wisconsin System institutions and programs. The policy covers the following conduct: sexual harassment, sexual assault, stalking, dating violence, and domestic violence.


This policy describes the Board of Regents’ expectations with respect to consensual romantic or sexual relationships where a power differential exists. This policy covers all UW System employees, students, and affiliated individuals.

The Office of Information Services (OIS) supports most technology needs for UWSA employees:

Once employees have a Wiscard, they can activate their NetID. There are many IT applications that will require logging in with a NetID:

Employees who use the Human Resources System (HRS), the Shared Financial System (SFS) (and WisDM) or the Compensation Administration Tool (CAT) will need:

Employees needing HRS, SFS and/or CAT access can work with their supervisors to help determine what access requests need to be submitted on their behalf:

UW Service Center (UWSC) employees may have additional technology needs.

Please talk to your supervisor for additional information regarding any IT systems/applications you may need for your job.

UW System

The mission of the University of Wisconsin System is to develop human resources, to discover and disseminate knowledge, to extend knowledge and its application beyond the boundaries of its campuses, and to serve and stimulate society by developing in students heightened intellectual, cultural, and humane sensitivities, scientific, professional and technological expertise, and a sense of purpose. Inherent in this broad mission are methods of instruction, research, extended training, and public service designed to educate people and improve the human condition. Basic to every purpose of the UW System is the search for truth.

Shared Governance

The University of Wisconsin System has a long-standing tradition of shared decision making with faculty, staff, and students. Like UW institutions, UW System Administration (UWSA) has shared governance bodies to give the staff of UWSA representation in the organization.

UW System Administration (UWSA) Community

Under the direction of the Board of Regents, the mission of the UW System Administration is to lead and serve the UW System institutions, as a champion of higher education and a responsible steward of resources.

Under the direction of the UW System President, UWSA helps to develop, and then implements, monitors, and evaluates policies enacted by the Board of Regents, aligning university programs with the current and future needs of the state and the nation.

In an effort to ensure the continuity of excellence within all facets of UWSA, there are policies and procedures that all employees need to be familiar with and honor as a part of our outstanding community.

There are several ways to stay up to date with news and information related to the University System.

  • Employees are automatically signed up for the Connect@UWSA Employee newsletter.
  • UWSA employees can also choose to sign up for the UW-Madison newsletter, Inside UW-Madison.
  • MyUW is an employee portal that provides a repository for communication, news, and payroll & benefits information.
  • WiscAlerts are UW–Madison’s emergency notification system. The system is designed to provide information about an active emergency situation that requires the community to take immediate action in order to stay safe.

  • Employees can get real time updates about the UW System on social media:

Click here to access the TravelWIse website, to assist you with all of your UW travel needs. 

UW TravelWIse is the sole source for all UWS travel information. All new employees should use the checklist below to complete all of your information at hire so in the event that you relocate, travel, arrange travel for others or plan events/meeting, all of the preliminary work is done in advance. 

Click here for the UW System Traveler's Checklist. 

All new staff should familiarize themselves with the UWS Traveler's Reference Guide

The University of Wisconsin uses The Work Number® to provide automated employment and income verifications (VOE) on our employees.  UW System Administration also uses The Work Number service. Each verification request must go through this service. For further information on The Work Number service and as well as information on how to complete a verification request, please see the Verification of Employment and/or Income (Employee) instructions.

The purpose of this notice is to advise all employees of the University of Wisconsin System Administration of the 1983 Wisconsin Act 409, known as the "Whistleblower Law", which provides procedures and protections for state employees who may wish to disclose information about a violation of any state or federal law, rule or regulation; mismanagement or abuse of authority in state and local government; a substantial waste of public funds; or a danger to public health and safety.

Whistleblower Law Notice pdf

As a UWSA employee, you have access to these resources that require use of your UWSA login credentials:

* Required for all employees