The University of Wisconsin-River Falls (UWRF) is committed to academic freedom and freedom of expression. Students have the right to freedom of speech, peaceable assembly, petition, and association. This includes the right of students through student organizations to examine questions of interest to them, to express opinions publicly and privately, and to support their opinions and causes in a lawful manner that does not disrupt university operations or violate university policy.
As with any right, the right of freedom of expression comes with responsibility. For instance, students have the right to express their views, but not necessarily the right to say anything, any time, or in any place. The University may place reasonable time, place, and manner restrictions on that expression. Freedom of expression does not protect students from the consequences of behavior or conduct that violates UWRF policies (including those that prohibit harassment or disruption of classes or other university activities).
At UWRF, “inclusiveness” is a Falcon value, and that means that we value diversity in people and ideas. Statements that demean and exclude members of our Falcon community are contrary to that value. While the University refrains from restricting the exchange of ideas and viewpoints (even those that are offensive or disagreeable), it does not mean the University condones, supports, or agrees with all ideas expressed. While students have the right to express their views, others have the right to challenge those views by expressing a different perspective. Freedom of expression does not mean freedom from criticism.
Student Involvement staff and student organization advisors are committed to upholding freedom of expression. Student organizations with questions should contact their adviser or firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition, the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents Policy Document 4-21, “Commitment to Academic Freedom and Freedom of Expression” applies to all UW System students, employees, and visitors. This policy contains provisions addressing “violent or other disorderly misconduct that materially and substantially disrupt[s] the free expression of others.”