University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: Investigation of Christian Student Group for Belief-Based Dismissal of Member

Category: Religious Liberty
Schools: University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

  • UNC: Christian belief OKs dumping gay group member

    October 14, 2011

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. —  Officials at North Carolina’s flagship university say a Christian singing group had the latitude to expel a member who identified himself as gay. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill says the decision by the Christian a cappella group Psalm 100 did not violate the school’s non-discrimination policy. The university’s non-discrimination policy allows student groups to limit their memberships to students who share specific beliefs, but not on personal characteristics like race, age or sexual orientation. The Philadelphia-based Foundation for Individual Rights in Education said Psalm 100 kicked the student out because he no longer […]

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  • UNC: Christian belief OKs dumping gay group member

    October 14, 2011

    Officials at North Carolina’s flagship university say a Christian singing group had the latitude to expel a member who identified himself as gay. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill says the decision by the Christian a cappella group Psalm 100 did not violate the school’s non-discrimination policy. The university’s non-discrimination policy allows student groups to limit their memberships to students who share specific beliefs, but not on personal characteristics like race, age or sexual orientation. The Philadelphia-based Foundation for Individual Rights in Education said Psalm 100 kicked the student out because he no longer lived up to the […]

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  • Victory at University of North Carolina: Religious Student Group Free to Practice Its Beliefs

    October 14, 2011

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C., October 14, 2011—The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has cleared a Christian student group of any wrongdoing after it dismissed a student who felt that he could no longer adhere to the group’s religious beliefs. Yesterday, Christian a cappella student group Psalm 100 learned that UNC had determined that the group had complied with UNC’s nondiscrimination policy, which allows belief-based student groups to make decisions about members and leaders based on those beliefs. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) had intervened to ensure that UNC follow its stated policy. “While it should not […]

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