MADISON, Wis. – The University of Wisconsin-Madison will cover over two signs in its Memorial Union for areas named after alumni with affiliations to the Ku Klux Klan.
The Wisconsin Union Council's decision came last month following the release of a report examining the history of the white supremacist group on campus, The Wisconsin State Journal reported .
The Fredric March Play Circle and the Porter Butts Gallery will have their signs covered in the fall and be referred to as the "Play Circle" and "The Gallery," according to a council resolution. The areas are named after Academy Award-winning actor Fredric March and artist Porter Butts, who belonged to a group connected with the KKK.
One hate and bias complaint was filed with the Dean of Students Office regarding the names of the two spaces, said Shauna Breneman, spokeswoman for the Wisconsin Union.
The report on KKK activity on campus was originally expected to be completed Dec. 1, but it wasn't released until April 19. The council's final meeting for the academic year was April 25.
"Unfortunately, our ability to arrive at a satisfying decision by the semester's end for these students has been severely compromised by the timing of this report," the resolution said.
A decision on whether to remove the names completely will be made in December.
The council has requested the establishment of a set naming process for future spaces to prevent further controversies. The council also called for the creation of a "social justice incubator" space that would address campus social justice issues.