UW Regents set hearing on rule to expel students who disrupt campus speeches

Pedestrians and students walk across Bascom Hill at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as the tree foliage begins to take on a golden hue during autumn on Nov. 3, 2016. At top, red and white banners featuring an iconic W and the phrase "All Ways Forward" adorn the exterior columns of Bascom Hall. (Photo by Jeff Miler/UW-Madison)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The University of Wisconsin System regents have scheduled a public hearing on regulations enacting a policy that calls for suspending and expelling students who disrupt campus speeches and presentations.

The regents adopted a policy in October 2017 that mandates chancellors suspend students who disrupt others' free speech twice and expel students who disrupt others' free speech three times.

The regents adopted the policy amid complaints from conservatives across the nation that right-leaning speakers aren't given the same respect on campuses as liberal presenters.

The regents voted Friday to hold a hearing Aug. 13 at UW-Madison on a scope statement outlining administrative rules enacting the policy. The Legislature's rules committee directed the system to hold the hearing.