Dixie State University Bans Greek Letters in Club Names, Denies Sorority Recognition
For over a year, Dixie State University senior Indigo Klabanoff has been fighting with her school’s administration to start a local sorority at her public Utah university. The sorority would be dedicated to providing services for the community and learning opportunities for its members. But Dixie State administrators have flatly stated that Indigo’s sorority, Phi Beta Pi, will not be approved as an officially recognized student group so long as it has Greek letters in its name. Dixie State even retroactively altered its policies to make groups like Phi Beta Pi ineligible for recognition. Klabanoff has turned to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) for assistance in fighting Dixie State’s blatantly unconstitutional ban.
In a new video on Phi Beta Pi’s fight for recognition at Dixie State, FIRE discusses the basic First Amendment rights of freedom of speech and freedom of association implicated by Dixie State’s illiberal restrictions. As Peter Bonilla, director of FIRE’s Individual Rights Defense Program, says in FIRE’s video, “It’s a pretty basic First Amendment right for individuals or groups to identify themselves the way they want themselves to be identified.”