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Dean of Students Office (DOS)


Dear Students:
Many of you have heard me talk about “What it means to be a Proud
Panther” and how important it is that we respect, value, and watch out for
all within our campus community, while being safe and respectful out in the community.


Identifying ways to be safe while out and about, choosing whether or not
to use alcohol responsibly, and keeping your belongings secure are part of
your campus experience. Learning about safe party tips should also be a part of
your routine if you choose to visit off campus parties. Remember to hang out with
friends you know and trust, only go to parties or events where you know one of
the hosts, and be sure that you only consume beverages that you have
brought with you and have kept in your possession the entire time of the
party. Also, “Never Leave a Panther Behind” and remain with someone if
they are in distress as well as call 911 or 9911 (on campus) to seek
assistance. Tips about safely socializing and responsible drinking
can be found at


Many of you have found some of the recent speakers on the Plaza
objectionable. As you know, one of our most valued and important rights in
this country is that of free speech. However, anyone who speaks on the
Plaza (along with other areas of campus) must adhere to policies and
guidelines set forth by the university, including Chapters UWS 17 and 18
and the university’s protest policy
If you choose to engage with a speaker, I encourage you to be civil. At no
time is disruptive conduct, a physical confrontation, or violence
acceptable. You may also find ways to appropriately express a counter
opinion through an alternate speaker or other nondisruptive
actions. It is also important to remember that there are guidelines that apply to any
protest or assembly that occurs on campus. Some tips regarding these
activities include: For all demonstrations, it is recommended that you notify the
UWMPD in advance so that you are clear on the rules that apply to
your activities and so that the UWMPD can adequately plan to keep
you and others safe.No demonstrations may interfere with access to university buildings
or disrupt or impair university sponsored or university authorized activities.
Groups may not disrupt another group which has reserved space,
although you may engage with them through discourse. If you are engaged in protest-related
activity in the City of Milwaukee (or other municipalities) you should familiarize yourself with its requirements regarding demonstrations.
Anyone participating in a demonstration or protest should be mindful of
police direction in order to be safe and not violate the law. I hope that all of
our community members continue to express their voices and exercise
their right to free speech in safe, civil and appropriate ways.


Living and traveling in the neighborhoods also requires you to be aware of
how you are respecting others property and quality of life. I encourage you
to remember the following when you are living in or visiting the areas
surrounding the campus. Keep your noise level to a minimum. In many cases neighborhood
residents (including many of your fellow UWM students) expect that
music, etc. will not travel far especially after 9:30 p.m.
Remember to dispose of litter in trash cans and not on someone’s
property. If you are hosting a party, follow the responsible party guidelines
which can be found at
If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Dean of Students office at (414) 229-4632
or email, or the UWM Police Department at (414) 229-4627.