Once again, “woke” students in positions of authority are abusing their power and censoring conservative and libertarian students. When Illinois Tech students tried to start a Turning Point USA chapter, the Student Government Association (SGA) wrongly accused TPUSA of promoting racism and rejected the students’ application. But the problems didn’t end there. The entire student body began threatening and harassing the conservative and libertarian students – the SGA and the school did nothing. That is why SLF stepped in and sent a letter to the Illinois Tech administration demanding that they rein in their runaway SGA and secure First Amendment rights for all students.
What can be done to curb such abuses of power? The answer may be found in an unexpected ally: college administrators.
In its letter to Illinois Tech, SLF urged the administration to have clearer guidelines and appeals processes in place to curb SGA. For example, SGA should only be allowed to reject a student group for procedural issues, like an incomplete application. And if SGA abuses its power, there must be administrative channels for students to appeal its decision.
The same students now seek to start a Young Americans for Liberty chapter at Illinois Tech. In its letter SLF urges administrators to stand with the students and the Constitution.
SLF continues to monitor the situation on behalf of the conservative students.