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State Supreme Court: Student-protester can be banned from UW campuses


MADISON, Wis (WSAU)  The State Supreme Court ruled that student-protester Jeffery Decker can be banned from U-W campuses. The unanimous ruling was handed down on Wednesday morning. However, the court also agreed that an injunction from a Dane County judge was overly broad and must be re-written.

Decker, the son of former state senate majority leader Russ Decker, has protested the way the UW system uses student fees. He claims the money is inappropriately used for construction projects and other items that should be funded through the regular university budget. UW officials said Decker's protests included a series of threats and amounted to harassment.

In one instance, Decker was seen stabbing a stack of papers using a pen as a knife during a signing ceremony. Decker disputes that account. The UW also claims Decker's emails demanding meetings with university officials were threatening. He'd also attended some events in a homemade dragon costume to protest.

Decker re-enrolled in 2010 to give him access to the campuses to protest. University officials expelled him. In 2011 the UW went to court and won a court order barring him from all school grounds. Decker has been removed from UW property several times since the injunction was issued.

Decker maintains his positon and innocence despite today's ruling.