DePaul University Forcing Student Organizations to Pay for ‘Free Speech’

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Administrators at DePaul University are facing complaints from the community after setting a precedent of charging political student groups unusual feels for hosting discussion and lecture events. Most recently, administrators have come under fire for what has been called a “free speech tax.” This term refers to the unusual amount of university fees that student organizations have been subjected to during the planning of discussion and lecture events. Earlier this year, there was significant controversy surrounding a DePaul event that featured Breitbart Tech editor Milo Yiannopoulos, in which university administrators refused to let security remove protesters who had rushed the stage and derailed the event. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) thoroughly analyzed the situation at DePaul and declared that the administration’s promises to protect free expression are essentially “meaningless.” “Matters of social and political importance are often highly controversial,” said FIRE Senior Program Officer Ari Cohn. “If DePaul requires students to pay extra for the right to explore those ideas, DePaul’s promises of free expression are utterly meaningless. It’s disturbing enough to require a student group to accept the presence of university security officers at an informational meeting. Forcing them to pay for it is simply beyond the