College admin grants official status to conservative student group after they were denied twice

College admin grants official status to conservative student group after they were denied twice

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After being denied registered status twice, Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) chapter was finally approved by Santa Clara University.

Santa Clara University’s Associated Student Government (ASG) denied the group's registered student organization status twice, once in April and again in May.

On September 28, SCU Vice Provost for Student Life Jeanne Rosenberger wrote to the chapter's chairman, Quinn Eibert that she would intervene and grant them official status: “Over the course of the summer, I reviewed all of the materials again, as well as my notes from meetings with student leaders at the end of the term. Although there were several reasons given for why some ASG senators voted against recognizing YAF, my further review led me to a different conclusion than was communicated in June.”

Eibert told Campus Reform that the vice provost's decision “makes it clear that they [ASG] shouldn’t be making decisions. They are incompetent, intolerant and dishonest. Their statements are banal. Their virtue signaling is without reprieve.”

Former Senator for Jesuit Values (Santa Clara University is a Jesuit school) Jim O'Brien, who had voted in favor of YAF, said that “given this is the second time this has happened during my first three years of college, I think it is fair to say ASG needs to re-evaluate how they go about this process."

"It is a pity that 99 percent of the time the Senate performs thankless tasks dutifully and the other 1 percent they are chastised for a controversial decision, but that's the way the world works. The student body deserves to have confidence in the ability of their Senate to objectively evaluate and approve RSO's and two repeals in three years is an inauspicious trend," O'Brien said.

The student government denied the conservative group because of "emotional harm" caused by conservative commentator Ben Shapiro, who the YAF wanted to bring to campus, and because they said the group has the potential to make "minority students feel more unsafe."

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