Catholic University of America: Rejection of Campus NAACP Chapter

Category: Free Speech
Schools: The Catholic University of America

The Catholic University of America (CUA) denied official approval to a group of students wishing to start a campus chapter of the NAACP. Despite university policies that protect student freedoms of dissent and expression, CUA argued that the existence of two other minority groups on campus made the group unnecessary. Facing pressure from FIRE and a threat of litigation from the NAACP, CUA finally decided to officially recognize the campus chapter.

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  • Catholic University Reverses Decision on Student NAACP Chapter

    October 14, 2004

    (CNSNews.com) – The Catholic University of America (CUA) has reversed its decision to ban a chapter of the NAACP from its campus after calling it “unnecessary” because two other minority groups already existed on campus. NAACP President and CEO Kweisi Mfume had threatened to sue the schools if it did not recognize the student NAACP chapter. Mfume called the school’s refusal “outright discrimination, bigotry, prejudice and intolerance all rolled into one. It is at the very least a double standard based on race and social philosophy.” The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), a freedom of speech advocacy group […]

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  • Victory for Freedom at Catholic University of America

    October 13, 2004

    WASHINGTON, D.C., October 13, 2004—The Catholic University of America (CUA) has decided to officially recognize a campus chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). CUA administrators tried to justify their initial decision to deny the group recognition through claims that it was “unnecessary” because two other minority groups already existed on campus. Facing pressure from national media attention brought by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) and a threat of litigation from the NAACP, CUA’s reversal signals that it is now prepared to honor its own policies protecting and promoting student freedoms of […]

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  • Catholic U. Reverses Ban on NAACP Chapter, Avoiding Threatened Lawsuit

    October 13, 2004

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  • FIRE’s Letter to Catholic University of America

    June 30, 2004

    June 30, 2004   Reverend David M. O’Connell, President The CatholicUniversity of America Nugent Hall 620 Michigan Ave. NE Washington, D.C. 20064 Sent by U.S. Mail and Facsimile (202-319-4441) Dear President O’Connell, As you can see from our directors and board of advisors, FIRE unites civil rights and civil liberties leaders, scholars, journalists, and public intellectuals across the political and ideological spectrum on behalf of liberty, academic freedom, due process, legal equality, voluntary association, and freedom of speech on America’s college campuses.  Our web page, www.thefire.org, will give you a greater sense of our identity and of our activities. We are […]

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