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VICTORY: University of Utah Concedes It Cannot Shut Down YAF Chapter Over ‘Violation’ of Rule Quietly Imposed Overnight

By

Nick Baker

January 16, 2024

The University of Utah has expunged a wrongful violation notice that was placed on the Utah Young Americans for Freedom chapter’s organizational file after Young America’s Foundation partnered with Mountain State Legal Foundation to put the university’s administrative tyrants on notice.

Last semester, Associate Dean Erica Anderson threatened to disband the chapter after it posted flyers advertising events featuring Chloe Cole, a young and bold detransitioner, and a screening of the Daily Caller documentary Damaged

Administrators quietly imposed rules limiting postings to only one per bulletin board, and were so eager to punish the YAFers for challenging the school’s culture of leftism that they enforced the policy a day before it went into effect, and without notice.

Further demonstrating the university’s biased intentions, administrators allowed leftist organizations including the LGBTQ Resource Center and the Vegan Club to continue advertising its events in the same manners for which YAF was being punished without any consequences. Associate Vice President & Dean of Students Jason Ramirez then took to the university’s blog to call the YAF chapter’s flyers “obnoxious, divisive, and simplistic.”

Thankfully, after YAF and MSLF reminded Utah that it may not engage in viewpoint discrimination and cannot enforce rules before they’re officially rules, Anderson wrote to chapter leadership to state that the violation has been removed.

Utah Young Americans for Freedom Chairwoman Lucy Atwood told the New Guard, “We appreciate YAF and MSLF for assisting us in this fight against the shamelessly biased administrators we have to deal with on campus. Despite their efforts to prevent conservative students from being able to gather and share our views, we are here to stay.”

 


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