Other Legal Issues


In the event of severe weather conditions, all on-campus operations of UW-Whitewater will be carried on unless power outages or other critical circumstances preclude the use of University buildings. Therefore, it should be assumed that scheduled activities will continue unless instructions from the Chancellor's Office direct to the contrary.

Individuals who must travel to or from campus should use their judgment as to whether or not such travel is wise. Should it be necessary to cancel a class due to the absence of a faculty member, it is the responsibility of that faculty member to notify the department chairperson and to schedule an appropriate make-up session. Class cancellations should not be telephoned directly to the Campus Radio Station or Channel 6 TV but must be transmitted by the departmental or college office. Students should contact the department of the course for information about the status of individual classes.

The operation of off-campus classes in a weather emergency will be governed by whether the facility in which they are held is open. If the facility is closed, the class will be cancelled. The Office of Continuing Education will notify the instructor of such a cancellation. Each class will use its system of students notifying each other of such a cancellation to avoid persons expecting the class to be held when it is not.


The University of Wisconsin System will provide and maintain adequate facilities for a safe and healthy learning environment. It is the University's responsibility to work with faculty and staff so that they are equipped to educate their students on practices and procedures that ensure safety for all members of the university. Employees with instructional responsibilities are expected to comply with state and federal safety laws and regulations in their institutional areas. Certain courses and research projects require that the student work with hazardous materials while engaging in academic studies. Instructors of these courses and research projects shall inform and train students on procedures that will maintain the students' personal health and safety and provide them with information on the hazards of specific chemicals that will be used during their course of study. Furthermore, instructors will enforce and follow safety policies. Prior to use of hazardous materials and equipment, the student shall review the procedures and information, and discuss any associated concerns with the instructor.


Federal law and University policy requires that all research projects involving human subjects be designed as much as possible to protect the rights of the subjects. This pertains to projects for classes on research methodology, independent studies, and thesis research. Prior to initiation of the work, each proposal involving human subjects and its provisions for their protection must be reviewed and approved by the Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects (IRB). This includes surveys. Research which has not been reviewed and approved by the IRB will not be covered by UW-Whitewater liability insurance.

It is the policy of UW-Whitewater that all research shall be conducted under the supervision of a qualified faculty or staff member. Therefore, all students must submit an IRB protocol review form signed by the faculty adviser.

All IRB forms and guidelines can be obtained from the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, 2047 Roseman. Please contact this office at 262-472-5212 with questions and document requests.


All students involved in the care or use of animals and all facilities used for such animals must operate within the guidelines of the GUIDE FOR CARE AND USE OF LABORATORY ANIMALS. Copies of the Guide and other pertinent materials may be obtained from the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, 2047 Roseman, 262-472-5212.