Wisconsin Board of Regents Files for Supreme Court Review in Case Requiring Universities to Give Equal Treatment to Religious Organizations

By December 14, 2010

The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents recently filed a petition asking the Supreme Court to review a Seventh Circuit decision that invalidated the University of Wisconsin’s policies governing funding for student organizations. The Seventh Circuit held that Wisconsin’s policy of denying student activity fee funding to student organizations who wish to use the money for worship, proselytizing, or religious instruction violated the First Amendment. The University of Wisconsin now seeks to undo prior Supreme Court precedent holding that the denial of funding to religious organizations unconstitutionally penalizes groups for their particular viewpoint, and that funding religious groups does not violate the Establishment Clause. Read the Seventh Circuit opinion here.