As early as September 2015, California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) imposed a moratorium on recognizing any new student organization. This move deprived students of the ability to form new organizations and request student fees collected by CSULB and distributed by the student government. FIRE wrote to CSULB on August 18, 2016, to warn the university that its moratorium was limiting students’ rights to free expression and association. Additionally, FIRE raised concerns that students whose groups were not recognized by CSULB were at risk of violating an ambiguous policy requiring “off-campus” groups to get an administrator’s permission before distributing literature on campus. Within hours of FIRE’s letter, CSULB removed the moratorium from its web page.
August 19, 2016
Yesterday marked the first day of the fall semester at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), but students there cannot form new student organizations due to administrators’ “moratorium” on recognizing new organizations—a “temporary” restriction that has lasted since at least September of 2015. The unexplained moratorium means that students who want to start a new organization—whether it’s a political group or a chapter of the Make-a-Wish foundation—are added to a list, but cannot use campus facilities or ask for a dime of the fees students pay to the student government. FIRE is calling on CSULB to resume recognizing student groups, […]» Read More