University of California at Irvine: Suppression of Affirmative Action Bake Sale


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The University of California at Irvine (UCI) has decided not to interfere with the College Republicans' affirmative action bake sale. The bake sale protest was halted when administrators ordered them to remove the satirical price list for their doughnuts, saying it violated the university's nondiscrimination policy. When student organizer Bryan Zuetel offered to change the price list to a "suggested price" list, he was told that this would still violate the policy. Barred from communicating their message, the students ended the protest. UCI later reversed course after the College Republicans agreed to list their prices as "suggested prices." Greg Lukianoff stated, "The universities just could not justify their arguments that the affirmative action bake sales did not constitute protected political speech."