A federal judge has ruled that a university‚Äôs strategy to give funds generated by mandatory student fees to groups and messages its officials favored is unconstitutional and has to change.
The ruling comes in the case Nathan Apodaca and Students for Life against California State University-San Marcos.
‚ÄúPublic universities should encourage all students to participate in the free exchange of ideas, not create elaborate and secretive funding schemes to award their favored few with first-class status while denying even economy class to opposing views,‚ÄĚ said senior counsel Caleb Dalton, of the Alliance Defending Freedom, which fought the case.
‚ÄúThe university spared no expense to fund the advocacy of its preferred student groups but denied funding for speakers from Students for Life. But yesterday, the district court correctly declared, ‚ÄėThese ‚Äėback room deliberations‚Äô are exactly the [sic] type ...