Monday, March 06, 2006

Universities Learn Something

The Supreme court unanimously voted to uphold the ruling that states that if universities receive federal funding, they must allow military recruiters on campus. A group of law school professors, aka FAIR, brought suit against Donald Rumsfeld along with many other administration officials, that stated they should not have to allow military recruiters on college/university campuses because of the militaries "don't ask, don't tell" policy which they feel is wrong.

Well, FAIR learned that regardless of their feelings, if they're going to get money from the government, they're going to have to allow the government organizations on campus...including the military!
Roberts, writing his third decision since joining the court, said there are other less drastic options to protest the policy.

"A military recruiter's mere presence on campus does not violate a law school's right to associate, regardless of how repugnant the law school considers the recruiter's message," he wrote.

The federal law, known as the Solomon Amendment after its first congressional sponsor, mandates that universities give the military the same access as other recruiters or forfeit federal money.
"The Solomon Amendment neither limits what law schools may say nor requires them to say anything," Roberts wrote.

The case is Rumsfeld v. Forum for Academic and Institutional Rights, 04-1152.
So, if the universities and colleges across the country want to continue to receive their $35 billion a year from the federal government, they are going to have to deal with recruiters no matter what their personal preferences.

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Tags: military, higher education, Supreme Court.

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