MADISON, Wis. — The Latest on University of Wisconsin System regents adopting a policy to punish students who disrupt speeches (all times local):

10:30 a.m.

The University of Wisconsin System’s leaders have approved a policy that calls for suspending and expelling students who disrupt campus speeches and presentations.

The Board of Regents approved the policy on a voice vote Friday at UW-Stout. State schools Superintendent Tony Evers cast the lone dissenting vote.

The policy states that students who twice engage in violent or other disorderly conduct that disrupts others’ free speech would be suspended for a semester. A third offense would mean expulsion.

The policy comes as conservatives fear right-wing speakers aren’t treated with the same respect on campus as liberals. It mirrors a Republican bill that’s moving through the Legislature.

Democrats contend the policy is so vague that it’s unconstitutional and will chill free speech.


6:15 a.m.

University of Wisconsin System regents are set to vote on a policy that calls for suspending and expelling students who disrupt campus speeches and presentations.

The policy states that students twice accused of engaging in violent or other disorderly conduct that disrupts other’s free speech would be subject to a hearing and would be suspended for a semester if found responsible. A student found responsible of disrupting others’ free expression for a third time would be expelled.

The policy comes as conservatives fear right-leaning speakers aren’t treated the same on campus as liberal presenters. Democrats say the policy is so vague it’s unconstitutional and will chill free speech.

The regents are expected to vote on the policy during a meeting Friday morning at UW-Stout.