Access and Association
You have the same right to resources as other campus groups and to select members and leaders based on your shared beliefs.
What is Equal Access?
- Your student group has the same right to access funding as other groups. That means a public university can’t prohibit you from receiving student fee funding because your event includes “worship,” “prayer,” “proselytizing,” or “politics.”
- Your student group has the same right to access funding as other groups.
- Universities can’t discriminate against your student group on the basis of your group’s views. For example, they can’t charge your student group a “security fee” for an event they deem “controversial.”
What is Freedom of Association?
- You can create a club or group of like-minded students.
- University “nondiscrimination” policies often threaten freedom of association rights.
- Just as political and ethnic groups can meet together on campus and select their members and leaders based on the shared values of those groups, religious groups should have the same right to select members.
The bottom line: Just because your student group holds to religious or conservative views, doesn't mean the public university can deny you official recognition, resources, funding, or dictate who can hold leadership positions in the group on campus.