Wichita State University: Student Senate Delays Vote on Recognition of TPUSA Chapter Over Gadsden Flag

Category: Free Speech
Schools: Wichita State University

In October 2021, the Wichita State University student government delayed voting on whether to recognize a Turning Point USA campus chapter. On Oct. 13, a student senator criticized the group for displaying the Gadsden flag, and — although a committee had determined that the group met “each and every requirement” to be recognized — the Student Senate voted to table the issue until it could determine whether denying recognition would violate the First Amendment. On Oct. 19, FIRE wrote to the Senate to explain that the First Amendment does not permit it to deny recognition based on the views or expression of the organization.