Statement on the University of Wisconsin Regents’ Passage of a Mandatory Student Punishment Policy

In response to the University of Wisconsin Regents’ passage of a mandatory student punishment policy, the Charles Koch Institute issued the following statement:

“Punishing students for their expression is not how you promote free speech. Imposing mandatory minimum punishments without even defining for students what actions will subject them to that punishment will stifle campus dialogue rather than enrich it,” said Charles Koch Institute senior fellow Casey Mattox. “Free speech on college campuses is critically important. However, this policy doesn’t empower schools to foster open environments and, instead, ties the hands of university officials from managing conflicts on their own campuses.”

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