Message from Dean of Students Lori Berquam on Mifflin Street Block Party
On May 5, an event referred to as the “Mifflin Street Block Party” will take place on Mifflin Street in Madison. I want you to know that the party is not a university-sponsored event, and in fact, we wish it would not take place at all. The event has a troubling history and has resulted in extreme intoxication and assaults among participants.
It’s our advice that students not attend and we know that many students choose to avoid it. We want you to know that we will be communicating with your students about the potential health, safety and academic costs involved in attending. Should they still decide to attend, important safety information is posted on the Campus Safety website.
Lastly, should students be cited by the Madison Police for breaking city ordinances at the Mifflin Street block party, they can be subject to heavy fines from the city and a review of their conduct by my office. I’d encourage you to have a conversation with your student about Mifflin, if you haven’t already.
Lori M. Berquam Dean of Students
Division of Student Life
University of Wisconsin–Madison