Protectores Vitae v Kwantlen Student Association

Protectores Vitae v Kwantlen Student Association

The JCCF secured a victory for campus free speech at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Surrey, B.C.  In the fall of 2012, the Kwantlen Student Association (KSA) denied first-year student Oliver Capko and other students the right to start a campus pro-life club (Protectores Vitae), on grounds that the student union was officially pro-choice, and therefore required all campus clubs to adhere to that position.  The JCCF issued a demand letter explaining why and how KSA’s actions were illegal, and warned of court action to secure the students’ freedom of expression and freedom of association.  The JCCF began preparing the court documents in late November.  On December 5, 2012, several days before the anticipated court filing date, the student union changed its mind and allowed Protectores Vitae (Protectors of Life) to become a campus club.  This matter was resolved before the planned court action was commenced.  The student club encountered no further difficulties.  However, in the fall of 2013, KSA made another attempt to censor free speech on campus (see account further above).