Johns Hopkins University: Viewpoint-Based Rejection of Pro-Life Group
On March 12, 2013, Johns Hopkins University's Student Government Association Senate voted to deny recognition to pro-life student group Voice for Life (VFL) on the basis that the club's activities might make people feel "uncomfortable." Minutes of the senate's meeting showed that personal distaste for VFL's mission factored into VFL's rejection, and Student government members also wrongly claimed that VFL's activities violated Johns Hopkins' harassment policies. The Johns Hopkins Office of Institutional Equity rebutted this allegation, funding VFL's activities "fully in accord with the university's robust commitment to the values of free expression and open debate." On April 8, FIRE wrote the SGA Judiciary Committee, urging it to grant VFL's appeal and reverse the senate's vote. The committee unanimously overturned the senate's rejection and granted VFL official recognition the next day.
- "As Students Return to Campus, Rights Remain Threatened," September 4, 2013
- "Letter from JHU Vice Provost for Institutional Equity Caroline Laguerre-Brown to Andrew Guernsey," May 9, 2013
- "Johns Hopkins Reverses Decision, Recognizes Pro-Life Group," April 10, 2013: Late yesterday, Johns Hopkins University's student judiciary committee unanimously overturned the decision of its student senate to deny official recognition to the pro-life student group Voice for Life on the basis that it might make people feel "uncomfortable." The decision means that the group will now have the ability to reserve meeting rooms, host speakers, and sponsor campus programs and activities—abilities it was denied under the student senate's previous decision. FIRE wrote to Johns Hopkins' student judiciary on Monday urging this result.
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- "Johns Hopkins Reverses Decision, Recognizes Pro-Life Group," by Peter Bonilla, April 10, 2013
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- "Pro-life group wins approval at Johns Hopkins,"
by Leigh Jones, World Magazine, April 10, 2013
- "Pro-lifers win recognition at Johns Hopkins,"
by Robby Soave, The Daily Caller, April 10, 2013
- "Antiabortion student group now allowed at Johns Hopkins University,"
by Jenna Johnson, The Washington Post, April 10, 2013
- "Johns Hopkins Relents, Recognizes Student Pro-Life Group,"
by Steven Ertelt, LifeNews, April 10, 2013