Bill proposes expelling students who infringe on others' free speech rights

UWL Chancellor: Not needed here

Bill proposes expelling students who...

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - College students in Wisconsin impacting another person's free speech rights could be expelled with a new legislation proposal.

Republican lawmakers introduced a bill Wednesday that would allow UW and technical college officials to punish students inhibiting free speech rights. The proposal from State Senator Leah Vukmir of Brookfield and Representative Adam Jarchow of Clear Lake would also prohibit administrators from both school systems from voicing opinions on public policies, and require schools to let speakers onto campus even if they cannot guarantee safety.

UW-La Crosse Chancellor Joe Gow says these concerns are not necessary here.

"That's because we have a rich tradition of demonstrations and they've always been civil and people have been able to say what they want,” said Gow.

A similar bill began circulating for co-sponsors last week. That proposal does not apply to technical colleges and would not require schools to let speakers on campus if there are safety concerns.

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