University of Scranton: Denial of Recognition of Turning Point USA

Category: Cases, Free Speech
Schools: University of Scranton

On October 8, 2019, after several hours of questioning and multiple closed-door discussions, the University of Scranton student government rejected recognition of a proposed chapter of Turning Point USA. On November 13, FIRE wrote to University of Scranton President Scott R. Pilarz urging the university to recognize TPUSA in order to adhere to the freedom of expression promises it makes to its students, or identify a viewpoint-neutral reason it should not do so. The university sent FIRE an unsatisfactory response on November 26, and FIRE wrote the university again on December 4, asking that it reconcile the viewpoint-based denial with its free speech promises. The university has not responded.