Pro-liberty student group sues university over funding denial

Tuesday, January 8, 2019
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lawsuit gavel with moneyA major university in Florida that unfairly distributes money to conservative student organizations now finds itself facing a lawsuit claiming the school is acting unconstitutionally.

The University of Florida has the right to collect mandatory fees from students to help fund organization speakers and events. Some student groups receive that funding automatically; and some must petition the school for funding for each event. The Young Americans for Freedom club on the Gainesville campus is among the latter – and has been denied eligibility to apply for a budget "through a system of unbridled discretion," says the lawsuit, which was filed just before Christmas.

Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Tyson Langhofer says the school is failing to distribute the funds in a fair and viewpoint-neutral manner to the YAF club.  "All they want is equal access so they can use those funds to bring in a different viewpoint," he explains. "And that's what the First Amendment requires."


The attorney acknowledges that the student government has free reign to distribute the money as it sees fit, but maintains it is apparently singling out and disqualifying conservative groups from receiving funds.

"And that's all we really want is to make sure they are administering this student activity fee policy in a constitutional manner and that all student groups are treated the same," he tells OneNewsNow.

Langhofer says his legal group is prepared to litigate if the university does not see to it that Young Americans for Freedom and all groups are treated equally.

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