Cases

Students for Life at California State University–San Marcos v. California State University Board of Trustees

Summary

All students at California State University-San Marcos pay a mandatory Student Activity Fee. Associated Students, Inc. (ASI) then allocates these funds to the student organizations on campus. Student groups apply to ASI to receive funding for their activities and events on campus, and there is a $500 cap. Students for Life members paid the mandatory Student Activity Fee, and it applied for a $500 grant to host pro-life speaker Mike Adams. Although the university says that it prohibits any of its 100 recognized student groups from spending activity fee grants on expenses to bring speakers to campus, the Gender Equity Center and the LGBQTA Pride Center enjoy preferential status and are exempt from that rule and the standard $500 cap. Instead, they received almost $300,000 to host expressive activities on campus. This unequal treatment is viewpoint discrimination and violates freedom of speech and equal protection. ADF filed a lawsuit challenging the policy. The lawsuit is still pending.

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Details

Institution: California State University, San Marcos

Location: San Marcos, CA

Topic: Student Fees

Intervention: Litigation

Outcome: Pending

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