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Student alleges UW-Milwaukee violated open meetings law

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee student has filed a lawsuit alleging a school committee violated the state’s open meetings law when it closed disciplinary hearings involving him.

The lawsuit stems from a feud between university officials and Mohammad Samir Siddique, who has been trying to create a new student government association. The school brought disciplinary action against him for presenting himself as the president of student government and making false statements.

In his lawsuit filed Monday, Siddique alleges a disciplinary committee held four hearings involving him behind closed doors in 2014 before ordering him to tell students his group lacks power. He argues the meetings violated the open meetings law.

A UWM spokeswoman didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

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