Statement of purpose.
The purpose of this section is to promote the permanent conservation and enhancement, by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, of the area known as Downer Woods; to designate and protect, as a permanent conservancy area, at least 10 acres of the woods; and to permit limited modification, in a manner consistent with the aforesaid purposes, of that portion of the woods whose present character as park and woodland lends itself to utilization, by the university and the surrounding community, as essential recreational and aesthetic corridors.
The legislature finds it in the public interest to recognize and foster the principle of environmental quality in the area known as Downer Woods by preserving it as a conservancy area and protecting it, consistent with sub. (4)
, from encroachment or disparate uses. The woods is the sole remaining natural area remaining on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and as such, its preservation and enhancement is consistent with the university's recognition of its need to protect and enhance its own physical environment, and to serve the pressing human need of its faculty, students and staff, as well as the greater Milwaukee community, to live and work in an urban environment which respects those portions of unspoiled nature which yet exist. The woods is a unique asset; it provides visual relief to the concentrated building pattern surrounding it, complements the urban landscape and affords aesthetically and psychologically attractive places for people to congregate and relax. In addition, the woods serves as a refuge for wildlife and vegetation, and is, therefore, an important educational, scientific and ecological resource to the university and the community. Its presence imparts priceless recreational and aesthetic values.
In this section, “Downer Woods" or “the woods" means those parcels of wood, parkland and buildings comprising more than 21.4337 acres located on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and divided into 5 separate and distinct categories, which categories shall define the proper and permissible uses of the parcels, as follows:
Permanent conservation area, consisting of 11.101 acres, which is to be physically defined by means of fencing or other suitable means.
Permanently reserved woodland, consisting of 3.018 acres.
Park and woodland areas, consisting of 4.686 acres, which may be subject to limited modification, such as landscaping, but which are to be protected from disparate uses and encroachment.
The buildings and grounds of the former Downer college with any reconstruction or renovation which may be authorized by the board.
Park and woodland areas, consisting of 2.6287 acres, which may be subject to limited modifications, such as landscaping and utility lines.
That portion of Downer Woods designated a permanent conservation area is to be forever protected from encroachment or disparate uses, and its boundaries are to be defined and protected by fencing or other suitable means. The chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, through the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Field Station, shall prepare and implement a Downer Woods natural area management and restoration plan to ensure that the conservation area is managed properly as a natural area.
That portion of Downer Woods designated as permanently reserved woodland shall be set aside exclusively for purposes of community enhancement and relaxation, and any disparate uses to or encroachments upon such land is prohibited except for the purpose of constructing an addition and providing service to Sandburg Hall, which may not exceed 0.75 acres. The board shall grant a temporary easement sufficient to facilitate the construction of the addition, and whenever necessary to facilitate the maintenance of Sandburg Hall, conditioned upon the ecological restoration of the area within the easement.
Those portions of Downer Woods designated as park and woodland areas under sub. (3) (c)
may be used by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee as recreational and aesthetic corridors. Any modifications made to such portions of the woods under sub. (3) (c)
may not significantly alter the present character of such land, and any disparate uses to or encroachments upon such land are prohibited.
The buildings of the former Downer college shall be preserved and no portion thereof may be razed without prior approval of the building commission.
Use of animals for research purposes.
The board shall adopt criteria for researchers to follow regarding humane treatment of animals for scientific research purposes.
History: 1983 a. 27
Accommodation of religious beliefs.
The board shall promulgate rules providing for the reasonable accommodation of a student's sincerely held religious beliefs with regard to all examinations and other academic requirements. The rules shall include all of the following:
Written and timely notification of all students and instructors of the rules and complaint process.
A means by which a student can conveniently and confidentially notify an instructor of potential conflicts.
A means by which a student is permitted to make up an examination or academic requirement at another time or by an alternative means without any prejudicial effect.
A procedure for handling and resolving complaints within each institution.
History: 1991 a. 227
; 1997 a. 237
See also ch. UWS 22
, Wis. adm. code.
License plate scholarship programs.
The board shall establish a scholarship program at each of the institutions specified in s. 341.14 (6r) (f) 35.
The program at each institution shall be funded by the fees collected under s. 341.14 (6r) (b) 4.
for that institution and the scholarships shall be awarded by the chancellor of each institution according to criteria developed by the chancellor.
History: 1989 a. 31
; 2015 a. 55
Research funding. 36.45(3)(3)
By September 1, 1992, and biennially thereafter by September 1, the board shall report to the governor and the joint committee on finance the purpose, duration, cost and anticipated completion date of all research and public service projects for which the board is expending general purpose revenue.
The board shall report annually by September 1 to the joint committee on finance the number of research contracts considered under processes established under s. 36.11 (55m) (e)
and the outcome of those contracts.
Alcohol and other drug abuse prevention and intervention programs.
The board shall appoint alcohol and other drug abuse prevention and intervention program counselors for the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. The counselors shall develop alcohol and other drug abuse prevention and intervention programs and train faculty, academic staff and university staff in the prevention of and early intervention in alcohol and other drug abuse.
History: 1989 a. 31
; 2015 a. 55
Environmental program grants and scholarships; Wisconsin Merit scholarships.
From the appropriation under s. 20.285 (1) (rm)
, the board shall annually do the following:
Make need-based grants totaling $100,000 to students who are members of underrepresented groups and who are enrolled in a program leading to a certificate or a bachelor's degree from the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Provide annual scholarships totaling $100,000 to students enrolled in the sustainable management degree program through the University of Wisconsin-Extension.
Provide $300,000 to the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point for environmental programs.
Award the balance in annual scholarships called “Wisconsin Merit scholarships,” which shall be based only on merit, to students who are enrolled in an institution or college campus and who have either graduated from high school in this state or been granted a high school diploma by the administrator of a home-based private educational program, as defined in s. 115.001 (3g)
, in this state. The board shall determine merit based on a performance on standardized college entrance examinations and, if applicable, cumulative high school grade point averages. An annual scholarship awarded to a student under this subsection shall equal $5,000. This subsection does not apply beginning on April 1, 2023.
History: 2009 a. 28
; 2011 a. 32
; 2017 a. 314
; s. 35.17 correction in (4).
Nutritional improvement for elderly. 36.51(1)(a)
“Authorized elderly person" means any resident of this state who is 60 years of age or older, and the spouse of any such person.
“Institution" includes any private institution of higher education.
Any college campus or institution approved by the board may establish a system to provide the opportunity for authorized elderly persons to participate in its meal program. If a college campus or institution desires to establish such a service, it shall develop a plan for the provision of food services for elderly persons and submit the plan to the board. Annually, the board shall notify the department of public instruction of the approved college campuses and institutions.
Each plan shall provide at least one meal per day for each day that school is in regular session. The college campus or institution may provide additional service at other times in its discretion, if the number of eligible persons in the area is of sufficient size, in the opinion of the board, so that unwarranted production expense is not incurred.
Any college campus or institution that operates a food services plan for elderly persons under this section shall make facilities available for service to elderly persons at every facility that provides hot food service to its students. Upon application, the board may grant exceptions from compliance with this subsection for reasons of safety, convenience or insufficient interest in a given neighborhood.
Meals may be served at schools where they are served to students or at any site more convenient to the majority of authorized elderly persons interested in the service. Food may be transported to authorized elderly persons who are unable to leave their homes or distributed to nonprofit organizations for such purposes. However, no state funds under this section may be used for food delivery to individual homes. The board may require consolidation of programs between college campuses and institutions and between schools if such a procedure will be convenient and economical.
The college campus or institution may file a claim with the department of public instruction for reimbursement for reasonable expenses incurred, excluding capital equipment costs, but not to exceed 15 percent of the cost of the meal or 50 cents per meal, whichever is less. Any cost in excess of the lesser amount may be charged to participants. If the department of public instruction approves the claim, it shall certify that payment is due and the secretary of administration shall pay the claim from the appropriation under s. 20.255 (2) (cn)
All meals served must meet the approval of the board, which shall establish minimum nutritional standards and reasonable expenditure limits consistent with the standards and limits established by the state superintendent of public instruction under s. 115.345 (6)
. The board shall give special consideration to the dietary problems of elderly persons in formulating a nutritional plan. However, no college campus or institution may be required to provide special foods for individual persons with allergies or medical disorders.
Participants in a program under this section may be required to document their Wisconsin residency in a manner approved by the board. The board may issue identification cards to such persons if necessary. A college campus or institution may admit nonresidents who would otherwise qualify into its program, but no state funds under this section may be used to subsidize any portion of the meals served to such persons.
The board shall adopt reasonable rules necessary to implement this section.
Reimbursement of pay supplements.
Whenever moneys become available from the federal government to finance the cost of pay and related adjustments for employees of the system whose positions are wholly or partly funded from federal revenue under 7 USC 343
that have been paid from the appropriation under s. 20.865 (1) (cj)
during the same fiscal year in which moneys are expended from that appropriation, the board shall reimburse the general fund for any expenditures made under s. 20.865 (1) (cj)
from the appropriate appropriation to the board made from federal revenues.
Reporting employment harassment and discrimination claims.
By September 1 of each even-numbered year, the president shall submit a report to the chief clerk of each house for distribution to the legislature under s. 13.172 (2)
that contains a description of each employment harassment or discrimination claim filed against the board or an employee of the board and resolved in favor of the claimant, the amount of any settlement paid to or judgment entered for the claimant and a description of any discipline of board employees resulting from the resolution of the claim.
History: 1999 a. 9
Grants for forestry cooperatives. 36.56(1)(1)
From the appropriation under s. 20.285 (1) (qm)
, the center for cooperatives under s. 36.11 (40)
may award grants to persons to form forestry cooperatives under ch. 185
that consist primarily of private, nonindustrial owners of woodland. A grant recipient shall provide matching funds equal to 50 percent of the grant amount awarded. The match may be in the form of money or in-kind services or both, but may not include money received from the state.
In each fiscal year, the center for cooperatives may not encumber funds from the appropriation under s. 20.285 (1) (qm)
for administrative expenses if the amounts encumbered in that fiscal year for administrative expenses exceed 5 percent of the total expenditures from the appropriation for the fiscal year.
History: 1999 a. 9
; 2005 a. 441
Veterinary diagnostic laboratory. 36.58(1)(1)
Duties of the veterinary diagnostic laboratory board.
The veterinary diagnostic laboratory board shall do all of the following:
Prescribe policies for the operation of the veterinary diagnostic laboratory.
Develop biennial budget requests for the veterinary diagnostic laboratory.
In accordance with sub. (3)
, set fees for services provided by the veterinary diagnostic laboratory.
Duties of the veterinary diagnostic laboratory.
The veterinary diagnostic laboratory shall do all of the following:
Operate a laboratory that does all of the following:
Provides testing and diagnostic services for all types of animals, including fish, in this state, with emphasis on services for farm animals.
Provides the diagnostic services necessary to meet the requirements for accreditation by the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians.
Provides the testing and diagnostic services needed by the department of agriculture, trade and consumer protection to discharge the department's responsibilities related to disease control and animal health.
Maintain a regional laboratory in the city of Barron.
In cooperation with the school of veterinary medicine and the department of agriculture, trade and consumer protection, participate in research and in the provision of field services, consultation services and education as determined to be appropriate by the veterinary diagnostic laboratory board.
Except as provided in pars. (b)
, the veterinary diagnostic laboratory shall charge fees for testing and diagnostic services.
The veterinary diagnostic laboratory may not charge a fee for any testing or diagnostic service conducted for the subunit of the department of agriculture, trade and consumer protection that is responsible for animal health or for the subunit of the federal department of agriculture that is responsible for animal health.
The veterinary diagnostic laboratory board may identify services that are necessary to protect human health and safety for which the veterinary diagnostic laboratory may not charge fees.
Appointment of director.
After consultation with the veterinary diagnostic laboratory board, the chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison shall appoint an individual who has received the degree of doctor of veterinary medicine as the director of the veterinary diagnostic laboratory.
Submission of budget.
Notwithstanding s. 15.03
, the board of regents of the University of Wisconsin System shall process and forward to the department of administration all personnel and biennial budget requests of the veterinary diagnostic laboratory board without change.
Confidentiality of paratuberculosis records.
Any information kept by the veterinary diagnostic laboratory that identifies the owners of livestock herds infected, or suspected of being infected, with paratuberculosis is not subject to inspection or copying under s. 19.35
except as the veterinary diagnostic laboratory determines is necessary to protect the public health, safety or welfare.
Confidentiality of records relating to aquaculture.
Any information kept by the veterinary diagnostic laboratory that identifies the owners of farm-raised fish, as defined in s. 95.001 (1) (ah)
, and that relates to testing results or diagnosis is not subject to inspection or copying under s. 19.35
except as the veterinary diagnostic laboratory determines is necessary to protect the public health, safety, or welfare.
Telecommunications and information technology services. 36.585(1)(ag)
“Interconnection" means linking with a third-party network for the mutual exchange of traffic.
“Telecommunications services" includes data and voice over Internet protocol services, Internet protocol services, broadband access and transport, information technology services, Internet access services, and unlit fiber.
“Third-party entity" means a company, corporation, nonprofit association, joint venture, cooperative, partnership, or consortium.
The board may use telecommunications services procured by the board only for the purpose of carrying out its mission. Except as provided in sub. (3m)
, the board shall not offer, resell, or provide telecommunications services, that are available from a private telecommunications carrier to the general public or to any other public or private entity.
Except as provided in sub. (3m)
, beginning July 1, 2013, the board may not be, and shall ensure that no institution or college campus is and that the extension is not, a member, shareholder, or partner in or with any third-party entity or other person that offers, resells, or provides telecommunications services to the general public or to any public or private entity unless at least one of the following applies:
The third-party entity or other person does not offer, resell, or provide telecommunications services that it did not offer, resell, or provide on June 15, 2011, and the third-party entity or other person does not offer, resell, or provide telecommunications services to a private entity, to the general public, or to a public entity other than a university or a university-affiliated research facility or a facility approved by the joint committee on finance under sub. (4)
, that the third-party entity was not serving on June 15, 2011.
The third-party entity or other person is comprised entirely of universities and university-affiliated research facilities.