August 3, 2019

PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: University of Florida Settles Lawsuit With Conservative Student Group.

The University of Florida (UF) has agreed to change a campus policy and pay $66,000 to the school’s Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) chapter on campus as part of a settlement with the student organization.

YAF sued the school in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida last December, alleging the school violated students’ First and 14th Amendment rights. “The old policy unfairly taxed conservative students to underwrite the expression of leftist speakers on campus,” YAF spokesman Spencer Brown wrote in a statement released Thursday.

UF had required all students to pay an annual activity fee, yet failed to give student groups equal access to the funds. Some campus groups automatically received annual money from this fund and could use it to bring speakers to campus, whereas others had to petition the school prior for funds prior to specific events. UF also gave the student government discretion to approve and deny funding, and YAF argued the body was not objective when deciding which groups to fund.

Punch back twice as hard, as a famous president once said.

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