Thursday, June 14, 2018

Suit Alleges Viewpoint Discrimination In Distribution of Student Activity Fees

A suit was filed yesterday against officials at Ball State University by "Students for Life at BSU" alleging, among other things, viewpoint discrimination in distribution of student activity fees.  The complaint (full text) in Students for Life at Ball State University v. Hall, (SD IN, June 13, 2018), alleges that the pro-life student group's request for $300 from student activity fees was denied, apparently under the Guideline excluding from funding "[a]ny Organization which engages in activities, advocacy, or speech in order to advance a particular political interest, religion, religious faith, or ideology."  The suit alleges that the refusal violates plaintiffs' 1st and 14th Amendment rights.  ADF issued a press release announcing the filing of the lawsuit.