Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Outside Groups Can "Trespass" Campus, by Nicole Anderson

            Permission is required for presence of non-students on University of Wisconsin  campuses. 

The  chancellor of each institution or the chief security officer has the authority to restrict the

presence of persons on campus, including those convicted of crimes.

An individual can be charged with trespassing if entering or remaining on a government-owned property without proper authorization or after being banned from the premises. Depending on the circumstances regarding the arrest, individuals can be charged with a misdemeanor or a felony.

              Solicitations and political groups must even obtain permission, or can otherwise be reported to the chancellor for possibility of removal.

                UW-L student Kallie Schell thought a Pro-Life supporters’ demonstration in Fall 2012 was “wildly inappropriate and out of hand.” Last year this caused a campus-wide outrage, “The pro-life demonstrators had huge posters, of which I can only describe as publicly inappropriate, displaying violently mutilated fetuses. As you can imagine, I was disturbed. Why? Because I had an eight-year-old girl yelling these claims at me.”

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse 2012 Annual Security Report and Policy Statement says that “In accordance with §36.11(2), Wisconsin Statutes, UW-La Crosse is staffed by police officers that have the power to arrest and bring before the proper courts those persons who violate the law on university property.”

Under Statute 36.35 Misconduct and Campus Security, Wisconsin State Legislature allows that any person convicted of any crime involving danger to persons and property, or impairs activities authorized by an institution, can result in suspension or expulsion from the institution. Such offenses can result in fines up to $500, and/or imprisonment up to six months.

General access and use of the facilities of UW-La Crosse is governed by Chapter UWS 21, Wisconsin Administrative Code and Institutional Policies, on file in the office of the Assistant Chancellor for Business Services.  Documented university police calls, statistics, and more information can be found at