Prison » Conservative group has funding suspended after hosting Prager

Campus Reform
December 15, 2017

A conservative group at the University of Wyoming was recently barred from requesting student government funding until 2019 after hosting conservative pundit Dennis Prager.

The school’s Turning Point USA (TPUSA) chapter brought Prager to campus for a November 9 discussion on why “socialism makes people selfish,” drawing a crowd of 600 people.

On November 28, the Associated Students of the University of Wyoming (ASUW) announced the financial sanctions against the club, ruling that it had violated three statutes of the ASUW Finance Policy.

ASUW charged the group with failing to mark all promotional materials for the Prager event with the ASUW logo, neglecting to “distribute tickets at a campus based venue for students,” and declining to “utilize digital scanners for student IDs, which would have enabled them to prioritize the attendance of the ASUW fee-paying student population,” according to a November 28 ASUW press release obtained by Campus Reform.

Additionally, The Branding Iron, the university’s student newspaper, reported that TPUSA had violated an additional policy by offering food that was not authorized by “UW Risk Management,” though Jessica Leach, president of the conservative group, told Campus Reform that the accusation is unfounded.

Leach also pointed out that while some posters hung up around campus did not contain the ASUW logo, it was only “because they kept getting torn down,” necessitating hurried replacement.

“The reasons for the suspension of funds are not legitimate, and we are in the process of appealing the suspension through the student gov judicial council,” she added. “We are essentially barred from student fee money, which all of our 40 members pay every semester.”

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