Lance Steiger held the weekly sessions with a small group of friends for much of last year, but over the summer he was told to stop.
Deborah Newman, associate director of housing and residence life, told Steiger: “As a state employee, you and I have a responsibility to make sure we are providing an environment that does not put undue pressure on any member of our halls in terms of religion, political parties, etc.”
Steiger insists that the ban is an infringement on his First Amendment rights.
“I work for the school,” he says. “It’s my job, but I do have personal time. I should be able to talk about whatever I want to talk about in my own room. It’s my home. It’s where I live.”
Schools: University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire