Mission of the School of Graduate Studies, University of Wisconsin-Platteville

The primary mission of the School of Graduate Studies is to administer high quality and academically sound graduate education whereby students are provided with the opportunity for advanced study that may culminate in a master's degree. Through high caliber graduate work, students should be well prepared to contribute to society, further their careers, and/or continue their education beyond the master's degree.

Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity

It is the policy of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville to provide equal opportunity to all individuals regardless of race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, pregnancy, political affiliation, arrest or conviction record, identity as a veteran, disabled veteran, Vietnam era veteran, membership in the national guard, state defense force or any other reserve component of the military forces of the United States or this state. Sexual harassment is illegal and will not be tolerated. Co-workers and supervisors may not retaliate against any employee, student, or job applicant because he or she filed a complaint, assisted in an investigation or participated in any proceeding alleging discrimination on the foregoing basis.

The University ensures physical accessibility to work environments for persons with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access to employment. Upon request, the University will provide reasonable accommodations for religious observances and practices. The University is committed to a program of affirmative action for women, racial minorities, persons with disabilities, disabled veterans and veterans of the Vietnam era. While the Chancellor assumes overall responsibility for the success of the program, university administrators and supervisors are responsible and accountable for implementation. Authority for monitoring the program is delegated to the Director of Personnel.

Each individual associated with the University is encouraged to pledge a new and revitalized commitment to build and maintain a campus environment free of harassment and discriminationan environment that fosters mutual respect, recognizes the dignity and worth of all people, and promotes to the fullest, equal employment opportunity through affirmative action.

Students having concerns or questions about discrimination, harassment or sexual assault are encouraged to contact the Personnel office (322 Brigham Hall, 342-1776). All inquiries will be treated confidentially.

Safety and Health Policy

The University of Wisconsin System is committed to maintaining adequate facilities for a safe and healthy learning environment. The university works with faculty and staff so that they are equipped to educate their students on practices and procedures that ensure health and safety 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 must 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 must enforce and follow safety policies. Before using hazardous materials and equipment, students shall review the procedures and information, and discuss any associated concerns with the instructor.

Research Involving Human Subjects

All research that involves humans as subjects, or data or materials derived from humans, must be reviewed and approved by the Institutional Review Board for Human Subject Research (IRB) before the research is initiated.

Students must prepare a research protocol, describing their project and addressing human subject issues, and then submit the protocol to the IRB for review. Students may obtain a manual of policies and procedures to review research involving human subjects from the Office of Sponsored Programs, 401 Karrmann Library, (608) 342-1456. IRB information is on-line at http://www.uwplatt.edu/~Sponprog.

Accreditation

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Memberships

The School of Graduate Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville holds membership in the following organizations: