Creighton University: Administrators Revoked Approval of Student-Organized Event, Citing Tax-Exempt Status

Category: Free Speech
Schools: Creighton University

Creighton University revoked approval for an April 9 event organized by Creighton’s Turning Point USA chapter after the group changed the name of the event and added additional controversial speakers. Creighton justified its decision by claiming those changes threatened the university’s tax-exempt status as a 501(c)(3) organization. On April 13, FIRE wrote Creighton explaining the university’s tax-exempt status only prohibits the university itself from advocating for political viewpoints, and that Creighton violated its commitments to free expression by preventing students from engaging in core political expression.