UW-Stout chills First Amendment

October 3, 2011

The issue: UW-Stout officials remove posters from a professor's office door, claiming they constitute violent threats.

Our view: The posters were not threatening, and the university should apologize for interfering with the professor's free speech rights.

Acts of senseless violence - such as the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting that left 32 victims dead - no doubt weigh heavily on the minds of those who work to keep college campuses safe. University police and administrators must be mindful of threats and act with caution when they occur...

Schools: University of Wisconsin – Stout Cases: University of Wisconsin – Stout: Censorship, Referral to Threat Assessment Team, and Threat of Criminal Charges after Professor Puts Posters Outside Office Door