Congressional Hearing on Campus Political Activity

March 3, 2016

By Josh Logue at Inside Higher Ed

Students and several experts testified in front of Congress Wednesday that many private, nonprofit universities are overly restrictive of campus political speech out of misplaced fear that their tax-exempt status may be in jeopardy. Among those who testified before the House of Representatives Ways and Means oversight subcommittee yesterday were Alex Atkins, a Georgetown University Law Center student who was barred from distributing pro-Bernie Sanders campaign material [1] on campus, and Catherine Sevcenko, director of litigation for the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), which advocates for free speech on campus.

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Schools: Georgetown University Cases: Georgetown University Law Center: Students Prevented from Campaigning for Democratic Presidential Candidate Due to Ban on Partisan Political Speech