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Trustees | Freedom of Association

Freedom of Association

Supreme Court Decisions? CLS versus Martinez
September 1, 2010 Download PDF

How does it affect your campus? What can you do? A robust, vigorous mix of ideas is the lifeblood of effective higher eductation. But the broad range of student-run associations that contributes to intellectual diversity and freedom of ideas is now in jeopardy at public colleges and universities. A recent, narrowly-worded decision from a closely-divided Supreme Court is prompting hasty policy changes that would limit students’ right of association in political and religious campus groups. This brochure gives trustees a brief summary of the case, links to key documents for further investigation, and guidance for prudent policy decisions.

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