Protest guidelines

Guidance for students, faculty, staff, families, alumni and governing bodies concerning UW–Madison’s response to protests and demonstrations.

Free speech

The University of Wisconsin–Madison strongly values free speech both in the statement of an idea and in the response to that idea. Generating and exploring innovative ideas and realities requires us to permit multiple perspectives and dynamic discourse.

We are committed to freedom of expression and the right to assemble for the purpose of expressing differing opinions or to request certain actions from the university.

Organizing at UW-Madison

Individuals and groups who plan to use UW-Madison as a site for expressive activity are encouraged to reach out to the UW–Madison Police Department (UWPD) and/or Student Affairs to assist in making your event successful and safe (especially if you believe the event might draw controversy).

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