Several University of Wisconsin student organizations will meet today with representatives of the UW Police Department to discuss policies regarding planning and execution of events taking place at the student unions.
The meeting comes on the heels of a Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity party that was scheduled to take place last Saturday but was canceled due to security concerns, according to UWPD Assistant Chief Dale Burke.
Representatives from the UWPD, the MultiCultural Student Coalition, the Associated Students of Madison and the Wisconsin Union are expected to attend the meeting, which will take place tomorrow morning.
Members of the Lambda Theta Phi and Alpha Phi Alpha fraternities are also expected to be at the meeting.
Representatives from different student organizations said police officials have acted differently when handling events involving hip-hop and have required extra safety meetings before the events are allowed to take place.
UW senior Katrina Flores, executive member of the MultiCultural Student Coalition, said the issue has to do with communication between the UWPD and groups attempting to organize events.
According to Flores, there have been several incidents on campus where hip-hop events and organizations focused on the interests of students of color were singled out when it comes to programming.
The MCSC has to meet with Union security weeks before hip-hop oriented events, while other groups playing different musical genres do not, Flores said.
In most of the cases, UWPD requests extra security normally not required in other events, she added.
"When you have extra security, it almost says, 'You guys are dangerous, and your music is dangerous,'" Flores said.
According to UW sophomore Matt Forrest, a member of the MCSC and director of festivals for the Wisconsin Union Directorate music committee, the UWPD has attended several hip-hop themed events and normally requires extra security "beyond what is normally requested."
In a previous interview with The Badger Herald, Burke said the department would have been understaffed for the Lambda Theta Phi party due to The Citadel football game earlier that day, and they canceled the event because it could become a "crowd control issue."
Lambda Theta Phi Foundation officials said they suspect racial profiling and also said the organization is currently evaluating their options regarding a lawsuit.