Rutgers University: Student Bar Association Requires Student Groups to Host Ideological Events to Request More Than $250 in Student Fee Funding

Category: Free Speech, Freedom of Conscience
Schools: Rutgers University – Camden

In the fall 2020 semester, the Rutgers Law School, Camden Campus Student Bar Association amended its constitution to require all student groups to hold events addressing “topics through the lens of Critical Race Theory, diversity and inclusion, or cultural competency” to be eligible for more than $250 in student activity fee funding. On May 17, FIRE wrote to Rutgers calling for the university to rescind this requirement, which compelled student groups to engage in speech on political and social concerns in a viewpoint-discriminatory manner. After receiving FIRE’s letter, the Student Bar Association announced that it had rescinded the requirement.