Local telephone calls made
for personal reasons should be limited to essential and/or emergency situations
only. Long distance (i.e. STS) telephone calls should be related to university
business. The STS network is intended for governmental use and not personal
use. Personal use of the state telephone system is addressed in the ethics code
under Wisconsin Statutes S.19.45(5) and DER rules under ER PERS 24.4. If an
emergency long distance call is made at work for personal reasons, the employee
should charge the call to an individual home telephone or to a personal credit
card. The university must be reimbursed for the long-distance calls not charged
in this manner (see use of cellular telephones). Personal long distance charged
to the university without express permission must be reimbursed and the employee
may be disciplined accordingly. The only exception to this policy is when traveling
on university business. Employees are allowed to charge one personal telephone
call on a travel expense form if there is an overnight stay involved. Additional
information is available in FPPP #36 under miscellaneous expenses, XIII. B.
for conditions allowing telephone call reimbursement.
Use of Cellular Telephones
1. Cellular telephones may
be used by UW-Parkside personnel who travel extensively and whose responsibilities
would be enhanced by use of a cellular telephone. Assignment of cellular phones
should be made primarily by the appropriate supervisor/departmental director
who can justify the benefits to the university.
2. Personal telephone calls
are to be avoided. It is absolutely necessary to use a cellular telephone for
personal calls, the costs are to be reimbursed by the billing period following
the call. The Business Services Office can provide assistance in the procedure
3. Assignment and use of
cellular telephones will be reviewed monthly by the Business Services Office.
4. Questions on this policy
should be directed to Jim Marks, Assistant Director of Business Services, extension