In February 2017, the Student Government Association (SGA) at Flagler College, a private institution in Florida, refused to recognize a chapter of the student organization Young Americans for Liberty (YAL), citing the group’s “political agenda” and a “certain fear regarding the group’s direction.” The SGA had already once denied recognition of YAL months earlier. FIRE wrote to Flagler College, which promises to uphold its students’ freedom of expression, calling on the institution and the SGA to reverse the student government’s viewpoint discrimination in refusing to recognize the YAL chapter.
Flagler College ‘retroactively approved’ student’s free speech event days after the event took place
April 4, 2017
FIRE’s second letter in one month to Flagler warned the college not to bar event from school grounds MORE TO BE DONE: Young Americans for Liberty chapter still denied student group recognition for being “political” in nature. AUGUSTINE, Fla., April 4, 2017 — Flagler College has retroactively granted permission to a student to exercise her expressive rights with a “free speech ball” event — but only days after the event occurred, and only after initially prohibiting her from hosting it at all. Flagler’s decision followed a letter last Friday from FIRE warning the school to uphold the student’s rights. Last […]» Read More
URGENT: Flagler College student’s planned free speech event tomorrow in jeopardy — school says she’s not approved
March 30, 2017
The climate for free speech at Flagler College just went from bad to worse. Last month, student Kelli Huck’s prospective Young Americans for Liberty chapter was denied recognition by the school’s Student Government Association for “trending towards one certain political agenda.” Now, administrators are trying to stop Huck from hosting a “free speech ball” event on campus tomorrow morning, claiming that only registered student groups can host campus events. In short, Flagler argues that only students who receive permission from its administration can speak freely on campus. Earlier today, Huck mentioned to some professors that she would be rolling a […]» Read More