UW Regents to Adopt Free Speech Resolution, Set Up Punishment

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – University of Wisconsin System leaders are poised to adopt a policy that would punish students who disrupt speeches and presentations.

Under the policy up for Board of Regents vote Friday, students accused of twice engaging in violent or other disorderly conduct that disrupts free expression of others would be suspended for at least a semester. Any student who disrupts free expression of others three times during the student’s period of enrollment would be expelled.

The policy comes as Republican lawmakers are considering a bill requiring that students who disrupt speeches and presentations be suspended or expelled. The bill comes as conservatives fear right-leaning speakers aren’t treated the same on campus as liberal presenters.

The Assembly passed the Assembly-bill in June. It hasn’t gotten a hearing in the Senate.

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