Dixie State University

Location: Saint George,
Website: www.dixie.edu/‎
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 1st Circuit

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  • Students Told They Cannot Lampoon U.S. Presidents Because Campus Forbids ‘Mocking’

    March 27, 2015

    By Andrew Desiderio at The College Fix Students at Dixie State University have filed a lawsuit against their school after administrators refused to approve their request to distribute flyers to promote their libertarian club, hand outs that rebuked big government by playfully lampooning George W. Bush and Barack Obama. Campus officials denied the flyers on the grounds that they violated school policy, which does not allow students to disparage others, according to the lawsuit. But the students, members of Young Americans for Liberty, allege their free speech rights have been infringed, and a leader of the group said in an […]

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  • Higher Ed., Lower Thinking: 2 States Dumb-Down Student Speech

    March 12, 2015

    By Bob Kellogg at OneNewsNow A university in Utah believes that students should not say or post anything that “disparages” or mocks any individual — even including Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara — while a university in Wisconsin prohibits all speech that can cause “emotional discomfort.” In the Beehive State, Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) students at Dixie State University filed a lawsuit after the school refused to approve YAL promotional flyers that featured negative images of Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara. Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) executive director Robert Shibley argues that such […]

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  • University Attempts To Regulate Free Speech Wall, Gets Sued

    March 12, 2015

    By Taylor Grenawalt at Campus Reform Students at Utah’s Dixie State University have filed a lawsuit against the university for attempting to regulate their free speech. The Young Americans for Liberty organization at Dixie State attempted to organize a free speech wall with the use of promotional flyers. The flyers characterized presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, along with Communist revolutionary leader Che Guevara, in a satirical manner that the university did not approve of. According to the school, policy prohibits students from mocking individuals and all promotional flyers must be “in good taste.” Not only was the YAL […]

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  • Students File Lawsuit Against Dixie State University Over Free Speech

    March 9, 2015

    By Staff at Good4Utah.com ST GEORGE (ABC 4 Utah) – Three Dixie State University students filed a lawsuit against the university stating that their right to free speech were violated. William Jergins, a senior at DSU, told ABC4’s Tasmin Mahfuz that he founded the Young Americans for Liberty chapter at DSU last fall semester and was frustrated when the university banned his fliers to advertise the club. He said that someone else had tried to establish a chapter on campus prior to him but the university denied their request and required them to merge with a different organization. “It took […]

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  • OPINION: Dixie State University Lawsuit And The Millstones Of Justice

    March 8, 2015

    By Dallas Hyland at the SU Independent Last week, three Dixie State University students, with the assistance of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), filed a lawsuit against the school for the unconstitutional restrictions placed on the First Amendment Rights of the students. FIRE maintains that DSU is a repeat offender of First Amendment rights citing the incident in 2012 where student, Indigo Klabanoff was thwarted, hazed, and threatened by the administration for attempting to have a club using Greek Letters in its name. (That was the school’s contention but it was seen by some as a thin […]

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  • Students Banned from Handing Out Flyers Critical of Obama, Bush, Che Guevara

    March 6, 2015

    By Mary Lou Byrd at The Washington Free Beacon Three students have filed a lawsuit against Dixie State University in St. George, Utah, claiming their First Amendment rights were violated when flyers they made promoting their student club were censored by school officials. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) is assisting with the lawsuit, which was filed this week against the university. Dixie State disapproved of promotional flyers by the student group Young Americans for Liberty (YAL), which negatively portrayed Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara. The flyers were not approved because the school […]

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  • DSU Club Sues University Over Free Speech Limits

    March 5, 2015

    By Kevin Jenkins at The Spectrum ST. GEORGE – Three members of a Dixie State University club are suing the school over alleged violations of their Constitutional rights to free speech and equal protection under the law after efforts to draw participation in an on-campus rally were allegedly frustrated by school officials. William Jergins, Joey Gillespie and Forrest Gee are listed as the plaintiffs in the federal lawsuit filed Wednesday against DSU’s president, police chief, dean of students and other officers, in which the students seek changes to school policy and monetary damages, as well as expenses for their out-of-state […]

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  • Young Libertarians Sue Dixie State U, Clinton Will Release Some Emails, Ferguson as Conspiracy Against Residents: A.M. Links

    March 5, 2015

    By Elizabeth Nolan Brown at Reason Online “I want the public to see my email. I asked State to release them,” Hillary Clinton tweetedlast night, days after it was revealed that Clinton used a personal email address, kept on a privately-managed server, during her time as Secretary of State. But “at very best, Clinton is asking State to turn over emails that her staffers have already weeded through and marked as potentially acceptable for public consumption,” writes Peter Suderman. A new lawsuit aims to decriminalize prostitutionin California. Filed by the Erotic Service Providers Legal, Education, and Research Project, the suit alleges […]

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  • Dixie State Violates Free Speech, Students Say in Lawsuit

    March 4, 2015

    By Lindsay Whitehurst at The Associated Press Three Dixie State University students filed a lawsuit Wednesday saying that administrators at the southern Utah college violated their free speech rights by refusing to let them post fliers with satirical pictures of former President George W. Bush and the revolutionary leader Che Guevara. The members of Young Americans for Liberty also say one of their events designed to celebrate free speech was wrongly relegated to a small, out-of-the-way part of the St. George-based campus. The lawsuit filed in federal court seeks damages and changes to rules the students call arbitrary. “I don’t […]

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  • 2013′s dumbest campus free speech cases

    December 30, 2013

    by Robert Shibley at The Daily Caller

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  • Dixie State named among top 10 worst free speech violators in U.S.

    December 29, 2013

    by Cami Cox The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), a Philadelphia-based organization on a mission to defend and sustain individual rights at America’s colleges and universities, released its list of 2013’s “10 Worst Colleges for Free Speech” yesterday. Making the list was St. George’s own Dixie State University. Dixie made this annual list of collegiate Constitution violators alongside entities like Harvard University (which was named for a faculty e-mail monitoring scandal that occurred earlier this year) and the University of Alabama (which came under FIRE’s fire for a grounds-use permit policy that restricts students’ freedom of speech and […]

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  • ON Kilter: Dixie State, is this the Top 10 you want to be in?

    December 28, 2013

    by Dallas Hyland OPINION – My friend, Cole Hulse, posted on his Facebook: “Behold, the only time Dixie will ever be in a Top Ten list with Harvard,” referring to a report published by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, simultaneously published with The Huffington Post College Blog, naming The 10 Worst Colleges for Free Speech. Dixie State University achieved an ignoble notable No. 4 spot on the list. And so I ask, is this who you want to be DSU? At the heart of FIRE’s ranking is the current and ongoing fight university senior Indigo Klabanoff is engaged in to be allowed her […]

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  • DSU student recruits civil rights group to create Greek sorority on campus

    November 30, 2013

    by Zach Whitney ST. GEORGE, Utah – A group of Dixie State University students are pushing forward with an effort to get administrators to allow a Greek sorority on campus. Now they have the backing of civil rights advocates. Administrators denied the request by DSU senior Indigo Klabanoff earlier this year. She approached them wanting to create Phi Beta Pi, but says she was quickly shot down. “The campus is a little bit opposed to the idea of even a club with Greek letters,” says Klabanoff. “They don’t want to connotate a party school image.” Since then, Klabanoff has recruited […]

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  • Sorority plans

    November 17, 2013

    In the months since Dixie State University denied student Indigo Klabanoff’s request to start a sorority on campus, both parties have stood their ground. DSU officials maintain they don’t want to perpetuate a “party school” image by approving a sorority and that other endeavors are a higher priority at the moment. Klabanoff says that DSU “can’t just pick and choose what club names they like and don’t like because it’s freedom of expression, and it’s a constitutional right.” If DSU is concerned that a sorority will destroy the entire university’s reputation and years of accomplishments, then that is the real […]

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  • Phi Beta Pi Continues To Fight

    November 7, 2013

      by Emily Bills As Phi Beta Pi is caught in a whirlwind of national controversy surrounding Dixie State University, its leaders strive to keep on keeping on. Although the club is still under restraints by DSU administration to deny Greek letters in its name, President Indigo Klabanoff, a senior communication major from Boston, said all the national recognition means the club’s hard work has paid off. Members of DSU administration have been actively battling against the decision to charter a club or sorority with Greek letters. Past students reached out to Dean of Students Del Beatty in 2009 and requested support […]

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  • DSU continues to stymie sorority effort

    November 6, 2013

    by Casie Forbes ST. GEORGE – Dixie State University officials are not wavering from their decision to deny an attempt to establish a Greek life system on campus, but a DSU student refuses to accept the institution’s decision. Earlier this year, DSU administrators denied an application to approve a sorority club using the Greek letters Phi Beta Pi founded by DSU student Indigo Klabanoff, stating the club would not coincide with the institution’s mission. Administrators also voiced concerns that a Greek life program would hinder efforts to eliminate its “party school” reputation as it rebrands itself as a university. Wednesday, DSU […]

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  • ON Kilter: Dixie State defies 1st Amendment, why the silence?

    November 1, 2013

    by Dallas Hyland OPINION – Dixie State University is in a legal battle – though by the behavior of its administrators you would hardly know it. They are in a face-off with a senior class student, Indigo Klabanoff, and The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, over Klabanoff’s First Amendment rights to freedom of expression and association. And the whole stalemate turns on a letter, a Greek letter – or, to be clear, three. They are an independent association of university women Klabanoff has formed an association of women under the banner, Phi Beta Pi. She and other women formed […]

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  • Greek Suppression at Dixie State

    October 31, 2013

    by Susan Kruth For over a year, Dixie State University senior Indigo Klabanoff has been fighting to start a local sorority at her public Utah university. The sorority would be dedicated to providing services for the community and learning opportunities for its members. But Dixie State administrators have flatly stated that Indigo’s sorority, Phi Beta Pi, will not be approved as an officially recognized student group so long as it has Greek letters in its name. According to the administration, the school has no objection to the group’s mission or activities, but the university nevertheless went so far as to retroactively amend the student […]

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  • Dixie State University Refuses to Allow Greek Letter Groups on Campus for Fear of Being Labeled a ‘Party School’

    October 30, 2013

    by Russell Westerholm A public college in Utah will not officially recognize any groups with Greek letters in its name to avoid any chance of being labeled “a party school,” but that ban may infringe on a very basic right any student has. Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) president Greg Lukianoff wrote in a blog post on the Huffington Post that Dixie State University that a student is continually being denied in starting a sorority on campus simply because of the school’s policy. Indigo Klabanoff, a senior at Dixie and founder of Phi Beta Pi noted that school recognized clubs that promote partying, such […]

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  • No Greek Letters Allowed on One Public Campus

    October 30, 2013

    by Greg Lukianoff at The Huffington Post

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  • Dixie State feeling growing pains in becoming a university

    September 30, 2013

    by Lindsay Whitehurst Becoming a university means more than a new name, revamped logo and enhanced prestige. For the Dixie State University, it also means divergent voices on campus, including a former newspaper sex columnist and a would-be sorority sister. Indigo Klabanoff is a Boston transplant and a 22-year-old communication major who decided she wanted to start a sorority last November. “I’ve always liked the idea. … You learn wonderful things about how to network, leadership skills and getting out into the community,” she said. And though she changed her goal from a nationally chartered chapter to a school club, she […]

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  • DSU teaches wrong lesson on free speech

    September 25, 2013

    The Spectrum It didn’t take long for Utah’s newest public university to catch up with its national peers in teaching its students to sit down and keep quiet. Since last September, Dixie State student Indigo Klabanoff has tried to start a student organization on campus. And since last September, Dixie State has used every trick in the administrative handbook to stop her. Here’s the story. Last November, Indigo met with Dean of Students Del Beatty to talk about the possibility of founding a sorority on campus. “The possibility was quickly shot down by Beatty, who cited Dixie State President Stephen […]

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  • Media Report on Latest Stand Up For Speech Case: Censorship at Dixie State

    March 18, 2015

    Earlier in the month, students William Jergins, Joey Gillespie, and Forrest Gee filed a First Amendment lawsuit against Utah’s Dixie State University, the eighth and most recent suit filed as part of FIRE’s Stand Up For Speech Litigation Project. We at FIRE are no strangers to the argument that campuses must be a “safe space” free from emotional and ideological discomfort. Dixie State kicks it up a notch by ensuring that sitting presidents and long-dead revolutionaries are also protected from the peril of college students with sharpened viewpoints—in this case, flyers negatively portraying Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush […]

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  • Students Sue Dixie State U. Over ‘Free Speech Zone,’ Censorship of Bush, Obama, Che Flyers

    March 4, 2015

    ST. GEORGE, Utah, March 4, 2015—Students filed a First Amendment lawsuit today against Utah’s Dixie State University, with assistance from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE). The lawsuit challenges numerous unconstitutional restrictions that Dixie State, a repeat offender against freedom of speech, has placed on the First Amendment rights of Dixie State students. The lawsuit alleges that Dixie State refused to approve promotional flyers produced by the Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) student group that featured images negatively portraying Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, and Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara. Dixie State administrators told student plaintiff William […]

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  • Dixie State’s Refusal to Recognize First Amendment Gains More Attention

    January 16, 2014

    Last week, a new semester began at Dixie State University, and while the classes may have changed, the school’s refusal to uphold its students’ First Amendment rights to free expression and free association remains the same. After senior Indigo Klabanoff re-applied for official recognition for her student group, Phi Beta Pi, FIRE wrote a third letter to the school on December 18 explaining—again—why Dixie State cannot ban Greek letters in club names just to avoid a “party school” image. We sent the letter to Dixie State’s trustees, as well as the Board of Regents of the Utah System of Higher Education. Disappointingly, Indigo’s group was denied […]

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  • The 10 Worst Colleges for Free Speech: 2013

    December 27, 2013

    College is where inquisitive minds go to be exposed to new ways of thinking. But on some campuses, the quest for knowledge is frustrated when administrators censor speech they would prefer be kept out of the marketplace of ideas. To close out the year, we at the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) want to highlight some of the worst colleges for free speech since March 2012—the last time we published this list. (Our first list, from 2011, is here.) Most of the schools we include in this year’s list are public colleges or universities bound by the First Amendment. But some of […]

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  • Dixie State Dean Relies on Attorney General’s Incorrect Legal Analysis

    November 13, 2013

    Despite continuing pressure on Dixie State University administrators to acknowledge and uphold students’ First Amendment rights to free expression and freedom of association, Dixie State has reiterated its refusal to officially recognize student group Phi Beta Pi because the group name has Greek letters in it. According to the Dixie Sun News student newspaper, Dean of Students Del Beatty won’t budge on the issue: “Beatty said the attorney general told [the administrators] there is no problem and urges DSU to ignore the media’s pressure because there is no valid case.” Let’s take a closer look at the language Beatty is relying on. Utah Assistant Attorney […]

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  • Dixie State Students For Liberty Collect Over 200 Signatures Supporting Phi Beta Pi

    November 7, 2013

    The student organization Students For Liberty (SFL) at Dixie State University gathered signatures on Tuesday for a petition in support of Phi Beta Pi, asking the school to change the student organization bylaws that prohibit officially recognized non-academic groups from using Greek letters in their names. SFL Vice President Jeff Peterson led the campaign and gathered over 200 student signatures in just a few hours, and SFL and Phi Beta Pi are continuing the petition online. On Monday, FIRE exposed the conflicting and disingenuous statements Dixie State administrators have been making as to why the school is refusing to recognize the group, even after Phi Beta […]

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  • Dixie State Admins Make Conflicting Statements and Impossible Requests

    November 4, 2013

    For months, Dixie State University administrators have repeatedly told student Indigo Klabanoff that her student group, Phi Beta Pi, could not be officially recognized by the school because its name includes Greek letters. Since FIRE issued a press release about the situation last week, Dixie State administrators have been scrambling to justify their actions—one making impossible demands of Phi Beta Pi and the other backpedaling with respect to what exactly Phi Beta Pi needs to do to be recognized. Dean of Students Del Beatty has said publicly that members of Phi Beta Pi should simply go to a school with Greek life instead of Dixie State. […]

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  • Dixie State Dean of Students Continues Throwing Spaghetti at the Wall

    October 31, 2013

    Yesterday, FIRE released a new video on Dixie State University student Indigo Klabanoff’s push against the university after it denied recognition to her student organization because there are Greek letters (Phi Beta Pi) in its name. Dixie State administrators repeatedly told Klabanoff that campus clubs may not have Greek letters in their names because they would convey the image of a “party school.” Dixie State must be feeling the heat, because according to Utah’s Deseret News, Dean of Students Del Beatty is now claiming that the university has refused to recognize Phi Beta Pi because its name raises trademark and confusion issues. I guess Dixie […]

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  • Dixie State University Bans an Alphabet, Tells Women They Can’t Use Greek Letters in Club Name

    October 30, 2013

    Nineteen female Dixie State University students are being forced to fight their own school for the right to use Greek letters in the name of their organization. Indigo Klabanoff and the members of Phi Beta Pi have repeatedly been denied official recognition because administrators feel that the use of Greek letters in an organization name will give Dixie State a “party school” image.

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  • Dixie State Rejects Sorority Because Its Name Includes Greek Letters

    August 27, 2013

    For nearly a year, Dixie State University senior Indigo Klabanoff has been working to start a local sorority at her public Utah university that would be dedicated to providing services for the community and learning opportunities for its members. Dixie State administrators have flatly stated that Klabanoff’s sorority, Phi Beta Pi, will not be approved as an officially recognized student group as long as it has Greek letters in its name. The college went so far as to retroactively amend the school’s student club bylaws to prohibit such groups from recognition. Last week, FIRE sent a letter urging Dixie State […]

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