Wednesday, June 12, 2024
HomePolicyJustice Department Backs Student Group Suit Against University of Iowa

Justice Department Backs Student Group Suit Against University of Iowa

-

The University of Iowa has found itself in the dock after the U.S. Department of Justice filed a statement of interest before the court backing claims of a Christian student group.

The lawsuit, filed by Business Leaders in Christ in December 2017, alleges Iowa of violating its First Amendment rights by kicking it off campus for asking to sign a statement of faith, including a belief that sexual relations should only occur between a husband and wife.

Last week, the Justice Department argued that the university violated the student group’s First Amendment rights to free association and free speech.

“The First Amendment freedoms of association, speech, and religion prohibit public colleges and universities from suppressing the expression and beliefs of student groups that officials disagree with,” said Eric Dreiband, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division.

“The University of Iowa in this case de-registered Business Leaders in Christ because university officials did not like its message.  That is forbidden by the Constitution.”

A department brief alleged school of violating the Constitution on three counts, which include violating rights of expressive association, rights under the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment and the right under fundamental free-speech.

“As the Department of Justice has repeatedly emphasized over the last two years, public universities are legally required by to protect the First Amendment rights of students,”  said Principal Deputy Associate Attorney General Jesse Panuccio.

“The American people expect that their tax dollars will fund administrators and faculty who respect the Constitution.  The Department of Justice will continue to get involved in these kinds of cases until this alarming trend is reversed.”

The university has been maintaining that the student group’s statement of faith condition excludes LGBT students.

 

Justice Department Confirms Asian Discrimination Charge Against Harvard

You Might Also Like

Latest Posts

How to Choose a Career: 10 Practical Tips You Should Know

Figuring out how to choose a career after college starts with introspection, exposure, and experience.

13 Soothing Self-Care Hacks Against College Stress

Every student needs a much-needed break to keep going without burnout. These fun self-care activities can help manage college stress and protect mental health.

The Ultimate Guide to On-Campus vs. Off-Campus Housing

Your choice of campus housing significantly affects your daily life and well-being, as both on-campus and off-campus options offer unique benefits. 🧘