University of Wisconsin Board of Regents Adopt Unconstitutional Policy Based on Unconstitutional Assembly Legislation
Policy Violates Rights of Students to Create Safe Spaces for Right Wing Ideologues and Hate Speech
MADISON, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin Board of Regents acted today to impose a new, system-wide policy on campus speech threatening students with mandatory expulsion over complaints about their exercise of their First Amendment rights.
The provisions adopted by the Regents are similar to those contained in Assembly Bill 299, authored by far right wing Rep. Jesse Kremer and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, that is currently stalled in the state legislature.
“The Board of Regents today adopted an unconstitutional policy based on an unconstitutional bill, proposed by some of the farthest right wing Republicans in the legislature.
“There have been zero instances on UW campuses where right wing speakers have been prevented from speaking and there are laws are already in place to deal with disorderly conduct on campuses.
“The Regents have imposed a system wide policy codifying an ideological agenda and creating campus safe spaces for right-wing provocateurs to engage in racist, misogynistic and xenophobic speech while at the same time silencing students.
“Students pay good money to attend UW schools they shouldn’t be threatened with expulsion for exercising their Constitutional right to free speech.”
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