Northwestern University: Denial of Recognition of Turning Point USA

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Schools: Northwestern University

Northwestern University denied recognition of a student chapter of Turning Point USA, claiming the group was too similar in nature to other student organizations, but backed down after FIRE wrote a letter to the university.

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  • Victory: Northwestern University Reverses Course, Recognizes Student Group After Rejection

    June 30, 2016

    Prospective student groups’ applications for recognition are too often rejected by their universities on the basis that their missions are “too similar” to those of already recognized groups. This justification often fails to withstand basic scrutiny, and too easily allows administrators to enforce double standards when recognizing or rejecting club applications. Fortunately, one such student group, Northwestern University’s Turning Point USA (TPUSA) chapter, which was initially denied recognition on the basis that it was too similar to another group, has now been approved after FIRE intervened. Northwestern student Philip Hawkyard first sought recognition for a TPUSA chapter in October 2015. […]

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