The University of Minnesota doesn't care if high school applicants get suspended for protesting

The U of M backs students who engage in lawful protest.

High schoolers suspended for engaging in recent protests against gun violence won't be troubled if they're applying to the University of Minnesota.

The wave of student walkouts after the Florida school shooting prompted some school districts around the country to threaten suspension of those who took part – potentially impacting their college applications.

The Independent reports a Texas school district was threatening protest participants with three-day suspensions, while Quartz notes a district in Wisconsin promised similar punishments before subsequently toning down its reaction.

Some of the leading universities in America responded to these threats by promising they would not discount any applicants for taking part in such protests – with Yale and M.I.T. among those speaking out.


– Gun violence protesters rally at the Minnesota State Capitol.

You can add the University of Minnesota to that list as well, with the U telling GoMN that students are not required to disclose a suspension for taking part in a lawful protest.

"The University of Minnesota is dedicated to the promotion of free speech," a spokesperson said.

"A student who has been suspended for participation in a lawful protest would not be required to report such activities in their application for admission at the University of Minnesota."

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