The University of Wisconsin, one of the United States premiere research institutions, has made 'heckling' an offense that could result in the suspension or expulsion of students according to the Associated Press.
University of Wisconsin System leaders approved a policy Friday that calls for suspending and expelling students who disrupt campus speeches and presentations, saying students need to listen to all sides of issues and arguments. “Perhaps the most important thing we can do as a university is to teach students how to engage and listen to those with whom they differ,” system President Ray Cross told the regents. “If we don’t show students how to do this, who will? Without civil discourse and a willingness to listen and engage with different voices, all we are doing is reinforcing our existing values.”
All but two of the eighteen members of the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents have been appointed by Governor Scott Walker. Republicans and movement conservatives believe that American university campuses are oppressive atmospheres for those with right-wing views.