11 More Vanderbilt Student Groups Revolt over New Discriminatory Policy

By on April 11, 2012

After Vanderbilt University issued a new, discriminatory policy that prevents religious student groups from maintaining belief-based membership and leadership requirements, 11 Vanderbilt student organizations have refused to accept second-class status at the university because of their beliefs. Organized together as Vanderbilt Solidarity, these organizations have applied for recognition as belief-based groups. Their decision follows the choice of the student group Vanderbilt Catholic to accept self-exile by no longer officially registering with Vanderbilt rather than lose its unique identity. 

Vanderbilt has refused to permit belief-based groups to maintain their missions despite significant national outrage, including intervention by FIRE and many others. Although Vanderbilt is a private university, it promises fundamental expressive rights to its students, and this revolt by a dozen student organizations demonstrates once again that Vanderbilt has broken its promise and its moral obligation to allow students to organize around shared beliefs, letting Christians be Christians, Muslims be Muslims, and atheists be atheists. 

Inside Vandy has the story.

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