The Universities of Wisconsin 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.

The Universities of Wisconsin also cultivate 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

Universities of Wisconsin 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 universities 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

Policy & Legal Resources

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

UW System Policy & Legal Resources

The Discussion Project

UW-Madison Civil Dialogue Initiatives 

Learn more about UW-Madison’s Discussion Project, which aims to strengthen campus-wide capacity to create welcoming, engaging, and academically rigorous classroom environments in which students experience productive classroom discussions on important issues and topics.


Campus Implementation