USA TODAY College – March 6, 2017
After being rejected by the Santa Clara University student senate out of fear of safety for students, organizers for Turning Point USA appealed the decision — and this time, they got approval.
In early February, California’s Santa Clara University student senate, which had the final authority for a club to become officially registered, denied Turning Point Santa Clara by a 16-10 vote.
Student senators who voted against this club said the campus already had two other conservative clubs, and they believed Turning Point had connections to alt-right darling Milo Yiannopoulos — which worried some students.
After being denied, leaders of Turning Point Santa Clara appealed the decision from the student senate. This appeal was seen by the student court, which upheld the decision to not recognize this group as a registered student organization. The court said the student senate did not violate any bylaws.
But Turning Point Santa Clara did not stop there. A challenge was submitted to Vice Provost for Student Life Jeanne Rosenberger requesting the decision of denial to be reviewed by university administration.
“In my role as Vice Provost for Student Life, I reviewed the concerns raised by TPUSA-SCU and found merit in their challenge,” Rosenberger said in a statement. “Following a comprehensive review of available information … I have decided to recognize Turning Point USA as a Registered Student Organization for the remainder of the 2016-17 academic year. Like all RSOs [registered student organizations], Turning Point will need to follow the appropriate procedures for RSO renewal in all subsequent years.”
Turning Point Santa Clara President Caleb Alleva said he believes the club was originally rejected by the student senate because of misinformation.
“The organization deals with fiscal issues that are extremely important to our country and its future success,” Alleva said. “Turning Point would be a way for students to have a conversation about policies that will affect them all.”
Alleva said that in November he formed a team of officers for the club after meeting with a regional director of Turning Point USA. By Nov. 30, the Santa Clara chapter became recognized by TPUSA, and that’s when the organizers began going through the university’s procedure for becoming a registered student organization.
After more than three months since the formation of Turning Point Santa Clara, the club is an officially registered organization at Santa Clara University.