“Defendants’ national-affiliation ban violates Young Americans for Freedom and its members’ rights under the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution”
This sort of thing always seems to go in only one direction. Have you noticed that?
FOX News reports:
University of Buffalo sued over revoking recognition status for Young Americans for Freedom student group
The Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) claimed that the University of Buffalo suppressed its student chapter in a new lawsuit filed on Thursday.
According to the lawsuit by the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), the Student Association at the university voted to revise policies regarding club recognition back in March. The policies now include the following requirement: “Except for clubs in the Academic, Engineering, or Sports Councils, and clubs whose sole purpose is to engage in inter-collegiate competition, no SA club may be a chapter of or otherwise part of any outside organization.”
Though the Buffalo chapter of the YAF had been recognized as an official student club since 2017, the new policy revoked its recognition status due to its affiliation with the national organization Young America’s Foundation. The lawsuit claims that this is in violation of many conservative students’ rights to assembly.
“It has been well-established since at least 1972 that affiliation with a national organization is ‘an impermissible basis upon which to deny First Amendment rights’ of association to student organizations at public universities. But today, University at Buffalo Staff and the UB Student Association acting under authority from the University have done just that,” the lawsuit read.
It continued, “Defendants have derecognized and barred Young Americans for Freedom from benefits on campus because they are a chapter of a national organization—Young America’s Foundation… Defendants’ national-affiliation ban violates Young Americans for Freedom and its members’ rights under the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution.”
The ADF also argued that the YAF was specifically targeted citing remarks made by the student body president upon making the revision.
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