Thursday, April 19, 2012

Vanderbilt University Expels Religious Organizations

Vanderbilt's Board of Trust has decided to enforce a policy that flies in the face of the constitution of many groups on campus.  An "all comers" policy for student organizations forces faith-based groups to allow any student to pursue a leadership position - regardless of their beliefs.  Thirteen religious organizations have refused to sign the policy, placing their groups at risk of being removed from campus.  Currently the administration has placed them on provisional status until they come under compliance.

Students initiated a grassroots movement months ago to make their case to the administration.  The campaign swelled with momentum this week as the Board of Trust prepared to meet again and review the status of the organizations.  On Wednesday, students distributed 4000 MP4 players on campus loaded with a video of professors, students, and alumni expressing their disapproval of the policy.  You can view the video below:

Wednesday evening, the students gathered for a worship event led by the legendary Ricky Skaggs.  Members of the Nashville community have committed to supporting the students.

The leaders of the religious groups hosted a luncheon for members of the Board of Trust today at noon to engage in a direct dialogue with the policy-makers.  The board will decide soon whether or not to expel the thirteen organizations.  How can you help?

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