UW regents to take another step on free speech policy

UW regents to take another step on free speech policy
Courtesy UW System

The University of Wisconsin regents are preparing to take another step toward implementing punishments for students who interfere with campus speeches.

The regents in 2017 adopted a policy declaring students who twice disrupt others’ free speech would be suspended for at least one semester. A third offense would mean expulsion. The policy hasn’t taken effect, however, because the UW System’s administrative rules haven’t been amended to include it.

The Board of Regents plans to vote during a meeting Friday at UW-Superior to approve a scope statement outlining such an amendment. Approval would authorize UW officials to begin drafting the language incorporating the policy changes into rule.

Republican legislators introduced a bill in August setting up the punishments but it has yet to get a floor vote.

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