Conservative group to seek Nebraska university recognition

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23 September 2018 13:22

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A conservative group's plans to establish a University of Nebraska-Lincoln chapter are moving forward one year after the efforts stalled from a prolonged confrontation over free speech.

Turning Point USA appears to be on track to gain recognized status as a campus chapter, the Lincoln Journal Star reported. The group had struggled to find a faculty adviser following the political battle that started when a graduate student-lecturer confronted and made an obscene hand gesture at a student recruiting for Turning Point.

The August 2017 incident led to questions about whether the student was sitting in a free speech area when she distributed her information. It also led to state lawmakers warning of bias against conservative students and university regents adopting new commitments to free expression.

The group's attempts to start a campus chapter were further out of reach following the incident because many faculty members opposed the group's "Professor Watchlist." The group said the list exists to "expose and document college professors who discriminate against conservative students and advance leftist propaganda in the classroom."

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