Washington & Lee University’s College Republicans group was told to remove materials from its activities booth in September which advocated for Republican candidate Glenn Youngkin ahead of Virginia’s gubernatorial election on Nov. 2, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) reported.
Members of the student group were told to take down materials at the annual fair which supported Youngkin, with an administrator citing Washington & Lee’s (W&L) tax-exempt, non-profit status as justification for the notion that student groups may not advocate for political candidates, FIRE reported.
FIRE wrote a letter to W&L Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel Maria Feeley on Sept. 23 about this topic, to which FIRE said the university did not respond.
“W&L’s status as a 501(c)(3) organization does not compel the university to depart from its commitments to students’ freedom of expression,” the letter said. “In light of…