Idaho ACLU critical of BSU security fee policy

July 14, 2014 

The American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho has added its name to a growing list of organizations concerned over Boise State University's decision to charge the Young Americans for Liberty a $465 security fee when it sponsored a pro-gun campus speaker in May.

"The policies and the charges that BSU imposed on the YAL group are especially troubling because of how clearly they seem to violate established First Amendment requirements," said Richard Eppink, ACLU of Idaho legal director.

ACLU, along with the Idaho Freedom Foundation and Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, have requested the fees be refunded. The ACLU also wants Boise State to revise its policies.

Boise State officials did not return a phone call Monday afternoon. But earlier this month, school officials said fees for enhanced security are not out of the ordinary.  Boise Police put extra staff on the event after a community member suggested people open-carry weapons on campus, school officials said.

The Associated Press contributed

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