In a February 2, 2017 meeting, the Santa Clara University (SCU) Associated Student Government (ASG) rejected recognition status for a prospective Turning Point USA (TPUSA) chapter on the basis of the group’s political stances and potential ties to the national TPUSA organization. The next day, TPUSA’s members were told by an ASG Senator that if TPUSA were to attempt to gain recognition next semester, its members should consider renaming the group the “Free Trade Club.” In a February 17 letter, FIRE called on SCU to reconsider ASG’s viewpoint-based rejection of TPUSA and uphold the university’s commitments to the freedoms of speech and association. On March 3, 2017, Vice Provost of Student Life Jeanne Rosenberger reversed ASG’s decision and granted recognition to the chapter.
March 7, 2017
SAN JOSE, Calif., March 7, 2017 — Santa Clara University has an inconsistent track record recently when it comes to students’ rights. Last week the university defended the right of students to form a politically unpopular campus group. But administrators didn’t respect the student newspaper’s freedom of speech, pressuring students to remove a quote critical of a university administrator. Today, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education is asking Santa Clara University to consistently respect the individual rights of all students. FIRE first wrote to Santa Clara last month after the Associated Student Government voted to deny official recognition to […]» Read More