The University of Wisconsin System institutions share in the responsibility to create an environment where members of the campus community may freely engage with others. This includes upholding the legal and practical applications of free speech concepts to promote engagement, civility, and discourse in the expression of ideas, beliefs, and opinions that may be controversial or strongly opposed by others.

UW System also cultivates an environment where living, learning, and working are embraced by mutual respect.

The goal of the Civil Dialogue Project is to develop resources, training programs, and events to supplement the current and ongoing efforts of our public universities in the promotion of freedom of expression and civil discourse on their campuses.

Survey Results

University of Wisconsin System President Jay Rothman announced the results of the System’s survey of student attitudes on free speech and free expression on Feb. 1, 2023.

UW System Student Views on Freedom of Speech – Summary of Survey Responses pdf

Where can I go to learn about Civil Dialogue and Free Speech?

Learn how UW System campuses are providing information on civil discourse and free speech; guidance on First Amendment rights; handling demonstrations and disruptions; and reporting bias or hate incidents.

UW System Campus Resources

UW System Policy & Legal Resources

Learn about civil dialogue policies and legal resources at UW System campuses such as off-campus speech and social media, posters, marches, use of space on campus, and uninvited speakers.

UW System Policy & Legal Resources

Finding Common Ground

Winter 2023 Highlights

UW-Milwaukee Anti-Bias Initiatives

Check out UW-Milwaukee’s website to learn more about their anti-bias initiatives, including Moon Shot for Equity, a new program dedicated to ensuring students of various racial and ethnic backgrounds graduate at the same rate by 2030.

Click on the “Campus Implementation” link above to view more campus resources.

UWM Initiative