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For Immediate Release
Friday, July 15, 2005

San Francisco State Sued For Violating Students’
Rights Free Speech, Military Recruiting, Discrimination Against Gays At Issue

Contact Sharon Adams at 925.906.9026, Kent Klaudt at 415.652.9254
or Carlos Villarreal at 512.507.7700

San Francisco – Attorneys filed suit Friday against San Francisco State University (SFSU) in the name of the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) and on behalf of two student groups, Students Against War (SAW) and the International Socialist Organization (ISO). [SAW is a member of the Campus Antiwar Network.]

The suit arises from a protest against military recruiters on March 9th of this year that took place on the SFSU campus. The NLG accuses SFSU administrators of violating their own policies against discrimination based on sexual orientation by allowing recruiters on campus, and of violating the due process rights of the student organizations by punishing them at the end of an unfair disciplinary process.

“It was clear from the evidence we’ve collected that certain individuals at SFSU were bent on punishing these student groups and didn’t seem to care about ensuring the student groups had a fair hearing,” said Sharon Adams, an attorney member of the NLG who filed the papers in the Superior Court for the City and County of San Francisco . “It is appalling that the University would choose to punish students for basic free speech activity, while allowing military recruiters on their campus in violation of their own anti-discrimination policy.”

The SFSU policy on nondiscrimination states in part: “No person shall, on the grounds of race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, or age be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination, including harassment, in any program of the California State University.”

“In this case, SFSU decided it wouldn’t or couldn’t honor its own policy and allowed the military, which discriminates against gays and lesbians, to practice their homophobic policy on campus,” said Carlos Villarreal, Executive Director of the NLG San Francisco. “These student groups were both opposing the war in Iraq and enforcing SFSU’s own policies, and now they are being punished through a sloppy and biased process that again has SFSU administrators violating their own processes.”

Recruiters eventually left the March 9th job fair when they realized they would not be able to recruit students – an enormous victory for these student groups.

The National Lawyers Guild was founded in 1937 and includes thousands of members across the country, including hundreds of lawyers, law students and legal workers in the Bay Area.

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