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.
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 […]» Read More
October 13, 2004
Catholic University of America has approved a request by students to form a campus chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, six months after turning them down. When the university initially rejected the request, officials cited two reasons. First, they said the NAACP’s support for abortion rights set it at odds with the Roman Catholic university’s staunchly anti-abortion philosophy. The officials also said that the existence of two other black-student groups on the campus made an NAACP chapter redundant. Only one other proposal for a new student group has been rejected in recent years, […]» Read More
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 […]» Read More