DNC security zone shrunk to limited area downtown, no guests to stay on campus

The Democratic National Convention, taking place Aug. 17-20, continues to scale back its operations in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The convention will be hosted from Milwaukee but is now almost entirely a virtual event.

Last week, the security zone was released and is significantly smaller than it was first anticipated — no portion of Marquette’s campus is included in the updated security zone.

From Saturday, Aug. 15, around 6 p.m. through midday Saturday, Aug. 21, the following streets surrounding the Wisconsin Center (where the virtual convention will be hosted) will be closed:

  • West Wells Street, between North 6th Street and North Phillips Avenue (North 4th Street)
  • West Wisconsin Avenue, between North 6th St. and Phillips Ave (North 4th Street)
  • North 6th Street, between West Michigan Street and West Kilbourn Avenue.
  • North 5th Street, between West Michigan Street and West Kilbourn Avenue.
  • North 4th Street, between West Michigan Street and West Kilbourn Avenue.
  • West Michigan Street, between Phillips Avenue (North 4th Street) and North 5th Street

From Aug. 13-21, the Kilbourn Tunnel exit ramp from north I-43 and the entrance ramp to north I-43 will also be closed.

Additionally, as previously communicated, there will be no guests staying on campus during the convention and there will be no convention-related events on campus.

Since protests are still expected to occur in the city during the week of the convention, the following campus security procedures will remain in place:

  • Campus buildings (except the AMU) will be locked and will require MUID access from Aug. 10 – 21.
  • Employees and students on campus are asked to display their MUIDs.
  • The university will utilize Marquette Today updates if there are any changes to traffic patterns or other areas around campus related to the convention.
  • The university will utilize its text and email safety alert system to notify the Marquette community of any active threats to campus.
  • The Milwaukee Police Department will utilize Twitter as its main source for sharing information. Follow @security_dnc to stay informed.
  • As always, please report any suspicious incidents to the Marquette University Police Department using the non-emergency line: (414) 288-6800.
  • To report an emergency, dial 911 or call MUPD’s emergency line: (414) 288-1911.