University of Wisconsin officials approve policy punishing protesters on campus

Wednesday, 11 October 2017, 03:29:39 PM. The University of Wisconsin's Board of Regents approved a policy that would suspend and expel students for disrupting campus speakers.
Share U.S. Free speech Berkley University of Wisconsin Wisconsin students who protest speakers on university campuses will now be punished, university officials decided last week in a move that is being praised by conservatives after several right-wing personalities had their scheduled speeches shut down by students on campuses around the nation. The University of Wisconsin Board of Regents approved the new policy, which would suspend students after their second “violent or other disorderly misconduct that materially and substantially disrupted the free expression of others.” After a third time, the student would be expelled. Keep up with this story and more by subscribing now University officials say the policy honors academic freedom and freedom of speech, but critics question how the policy will be interpreted by students. Suzanne Nossel, executive director of PEN America, a national human rights and freedom of expression organization, tells Newsweek that if students don’t understand the policy, they might think they don't have the right to protest. “Protesters are every bit as entitled to their First Amendment rights as are speakers,” she said, adding that students or the university itself “may fail to recognize and uphold those rights.” Violent protests have long been prohibited by law, but the policy would keep protesters from disrupting speeches on campus. It’s all about learning how to properly engage with aborrent speakers, the university system’s president, Ray...Read more
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