University of California, Santa Barbara: Fraternities and Sororities Banned from Associating with Unrecognized Organizations


University of California, Santa Barbara

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The University of California, Santa Barbara maintains a Fraternity and Sorority Life policy that bans Greek groups from “engaging in organizational events (formal or informal, regardless of location)” with organizations unrecognized by the university. On March 21, 2023, FIRE wrote the university explaining that the First Amendment’s freedom of association prohibits public universities from banning students from associating with disfavored groups. The university responded on May 4, promising to take our concerns into account as it revises the policy.