The University of Northern Iowa is reversing the student government’s controversial decision to bar recognition of an anti-abortion group that senators said was hateful.
UNI’s president said the ban would violate the First Amendment if it was allowed to proceed.
“Neither the University nor [Northern Iowa Student Government] NISG endorse any student organization’s viewpoints by approving them as student organizations,” President Mark A. Nook wrote in a ruling released Monday. “By denying them recognition when they intend, in good faith, to engage in lawful activities, we deny them their right to free speech and assembly guaranteed to them by the First Amendment.”
Students for Life of America sent its appeal to Nook last week after the student Supreme Court upheld the ban and argued that the group’s UNI chapter would “violate a university policy guaranteeing the “right to be treated with dignity and respect by all persons involved in the