Young Americans for Freedom of Kennesaw State University v. Harmon
Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) and its student president, Zach Bohannon, hosted an event featuring conservative speaker Katie Pavlich. Kennesaw State University (KSU) unconstitutionally charged the club $320 in “security fees” for the Pavlich event under their policy that gives university officials complete discretion to impose “security fees” in any amount they decide on any event they deem “controversial.” The university also classifies its organizations in a caste system, with the highest groups obtaining preferential treatment while the lowest groups are denied the same benefits. No faith-based or conservative groups were in the highest tier. ADF filed suit to obtain equal access for YAF and all groups on campus and to ensure that student fee funding was distributed on a viewpoint neutral basis. The parties reached a settlement agreement, and KSU agreed to change its policies and to pay attorneys’ fees and damages.
Institution: Kennesaw State University
Location: Kennesaw, GA
Topic: Speech Zone, Student Fees