President Dennis H. Holtschneider: Honor DePaul’s Free Speech Promises, End Taxes on Speech

On Friday, September 23, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIREwrote to DePaul University, demanding that it honor its explicit free speech promises it makes to its students and cease its practice of charging excessive security fees to student organizations based on the perceived controversial content of their events.

On three separate occasions this year, DePaul charged registered student organizations—the DePaul Socialists, Young Americans for Freedom, and the College Republicans—exorbitant “security fees”—or speech taxes—to exercise their free speech rights on campus. Each group had to pay these taxes because of the content of their message.

FIRE’s letter was the second letter it has sent to DePaul in recent weeks about these and other clear violations of students’ rights. The DePaul administration refused to substantively reply to FIRE’s first letter.

We urge supporters to join FIRE in calling on DePaul to honor its free speech promises to students and cease its practice of charging burdensome security fees to student organizations based on the perceived controversial content of their events.

Fill out the form below to write to DePaul President Dennis H. Holtschneider (DePaulPresidentsOffice@depaul.edu) and urge him to announce an end to this outrageous practice.