Wisconsin Mulls Protest Punishment Rules

October 10, 2019

The University of Wisconsin system's governing board on Friday will consider draft rules that would require suspensions for students who on two occasions are found to have interrupted free speech by fellow students or invited speakers, Wisconsin Public Radio reported. If approved, the rules would include mandatory expulsions for students who have three free-speech violations.

The proposed policy has drawn criticism from groups across the political spectrum, according to the radio station. But it closely mirrors a 2017 legislative proposal by Republican state lawmakers in Wisconsin. Several other states have considered and in some cases passed legislation aimed at protecting campus speech.

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