Earlier this week, the Civitas Institute Center for Law and Freedom published a report alleging bias against conservative groups at UNC. Today, Campus Reform followed up with a piece on the incident:
Upon learning that conservative organizations had been excluded from [a student organization dinner with the Chancellor], the Civitas Institute, a nonprofit group in North Carolina, launched an investigation. In early February, the organization made a public records request for communications concerning the event.
The university did not initially respond to the request and only delivered the materials after the Civitas Institute threatened litigation.
According to Civitas, the records obtained through the request showed bias against conservative student groups such as the College Republicans, Young Americans for Liberty, the Carolina Review, and Tar Heel Rifle and Pistol Club.
In response to student outcry to the incident, Associate Vice Chancellor of Communications Rick White stated that “no campus groups who identified themselves as political groups were invited to the meeting. That may come later. The Young Republicans are trying to manufacture an issue.”
“The university and its supporters are trying to hide behind the fact that since College Democrats were not invited to the event, it was not necessary to include conservative groups”, said Elliot Engstrom an attorney for the Civitas Institute, in an interview with Campus Reform. “This ignores the fact that many of the groups that were invited to meet with the Chancellor, while ostensibly “non-political,” are clearly fronts for leftist causes.”