University of Michigan Kicks InterVarsity off Campus

InterVarsity chapter kicked off campus because the group requires its leaders to be Christians – an apparent violation of the university’s non-discrimination policy

A University of Michigan spokesperson released a statement saying that all registered student organizations must agree to “sign the university’s standard non-discrimination agreement” and “submit their constitution for review.” “At this point in the current school year, Asian InterVarsity Christian Fellowship has not completed this process,” the spokesperson said.

 

The University of Michigan is accused of kicking an InterVarsity Christian Fellowship chapter off campus [on January 31, 2013] because the group requires its leaders to be Christians – an apparent violation of the university’s non-discrimination policy.

Greg Jao, InterVarsity’s national field director, told Fox News the Asian chapter of the group was directed to either revise its constitution – or else be forced off campus.

“The university is sending the message that religious voices are suspect and should be marginalized,” Jao said. “I think it sends the message that the university does not understand the nature of religious beliefs and the convictions of religious students.”

A University of Michigan spokesperson released a statement saying that all registered student organizations must agree to “sign the university’s standard non-discrimination agreement” and “submit their constitution for review.”

“At this point in the current school year, Asian InterVarsity Christian Fellowship has not completed this process,” the spokesperson said.

The spokesperson did not elaborate on the conflict with InterVarsity.

Last December, members of the group were summoned before university officials who told them there was an issue with the section of the club constitution related to leadership.

In order for students to be InterVarsity leaders they must sign a statement of faith. But the university said that requirement violated their non-discrimination policy.

Sara Chang, an InterVarsity staff member at the University of Michigan, said they were given the option of submitting a revised constitution.

Instead, Chang and the other students decided to stand firm in their faith.

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