Milwaukee School of Engineering

Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Website: http://www.msoe.edu
Type: Private
Federal Circuit: 7th Circuit

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  • Milwaukee School of Engineering: Threat to Christian Group’s Freedom of Association

    March 23, 2005

    ReJOYce in Jesus Campus Fellowship (RJCF) ran into trouble when it submitted its original bylaws to apply for re-recognition after a year of inactivity. MSOE’s Student Government Association (SGA) sent the group a letter informing them they wouldn’t recognize the group because it believed RJCF’s “Standards of Personal Conduct” discriminated on the basis of “sexual preference.” After the SGA’s decision, RJCF contacted FIRE for assistance. FIRE’s letter to MSOE President Hermann Viets explained that the SGA’s actions had violated the school’s stated policies supporting religious liberty and freedom of association, and reminded him that no state or federal law prevents […]

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  • Victory for Religious Liberty at MSOE: ‘A Huge Mistake’?

    April 22, 2005

    Several days after FIRE took the ReJOYce in Jesus Campus Fellowship (RJCF) case at the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) public last week, MSOE’s Student Government Association (SGA) reversed course and decided to grant RJCF full recognition. FIRE just issued a press release today announcing this victory for religious liberty and freedom of association. While members of RJCF are indeed rejoicing that they have secured their rights at MSOE, some of their schoolmates are lamenting. Along with the news about SGA’s decision to recognize RJCF (as well as the Muslim Students Association and the Cigar and Pipe Social Club), the […]

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  • Victory for Religious Liberty at Milwaukee School of Engineering

    April 22, 2005

    MILWAUKEE, Wis., April 22, 2005—In a victory for religious liberty and freedom of association, the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) has granted full recognition to the ReJOYce in Jesus Campus Fellowship (RJCF) student group. On Monday, April 18, the school’s student government granted full recognition to all student organizations with “temporary status,” which included RJCF. The student government’s decision came after the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) took the case public last week. Prior to FIRE’s intervention, the student government had denied RJCF full recognition because of an article in the group’s bylaws requiring members to live in […]

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  • MSOE, Christian group at peace

    April 22, 2005

    For several months, the Milwaukee School of Engineering and a group called ReJOYce in Jesus Campus Fellowship have found themselves in the middle of a national debate over the practices of college religious groups, an issue that pits the principle of freedom of speech and association against non-discrimination. This week, the school’s Student Government Association voted to give full recognition to ReJOYce in Jesus, a non-denominational Christian group that ministers on college campuses. Monday’s 10-4 vote came several months after student senators had granted the group only “temporary” recognition, citing concerns that ReJOYce in Jesus’ constitution allowed discrimination based on […]

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  • Religious Students in the Twilight Zone: Threat to Religious Liberty—Again

    April 13, 2005

    Imagine you’ve been part of a recognized religious student group for ten years on campus without a problem. During your eleventh year, because of the lack of active student membership, your group did not register for official recognition. After the one-year hiatus, your group decides to register again—with its original constitution and bylaws—to find that suddenly your group is no longer eligible for recognition because the student government thinks your religious beliefs are “discriminatory.” Sounds like a potential episode of The Twilight Zone, doesn’t it? Unfortunately, this is the reality that religious students face on today’s college campuses. FIRE just issued […]

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  • Milwaukee School of Engineering Breaks Promise of Religious Freedom

    April 13, 2005

    MILWAUKEE, Wis., April 13, 2005—The Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) has refused to recognize a Christian student organization because of an article in the group’s bylaws that requires members to live in accordance with certain tenets of the group’s statement of faith.  This year, MSOE’s student government has requested that the ReJOYce in Jesus Campus Fellowship (RJCF) change the language its bylaws in order to gain official recognition—despite the fact that RJCF has been recognized in the past with the same constitution and bylaws.  The student government has also requested that the group be open to competing scriptural interpretations. “FIRE […]

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  • E-mail from MSOE Student Government Association Official to RJCF Advisor, March 30, 2005

    March 30, 2005

    From: [SGA Official NAME REDACTED] To: [Daphne Wilson] CC: [REDACTED] Date: Wednesday, March 30, 2005 03:46PM Subject: SGA’s Suggestion Bylaw Revision – ReJOYce Ms. Wilson, First, I would like clarify the different between article V of your constitution and the SGA suggestion. The main difference is that the Suggestion makes it more clear how the standard set forth in the article will be measured. It also makes room for the possibility that there is more than one interpretation of the scripture that the article quotes. It allows members to “abjure and refrain” from the behaviors that you find to be out of […]

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  • FIRE Letter to MSOE President Hermann Viets, March 23, 2005

    March 23, 2005

    March 23, 2005 President Hermann Viets President’s Office Milwaukee School of Engineering 1025 North Broadway Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202-3109 Sent by U.S. Mail and Facsimile (414-277-7468) Dear President Viets: As you can see from our Directors and Board of Advisors, FIRE unites civil rights and civil liberties leaders, scholars, journalists, and public intellectuals across the political and ideological spectrum on behalf of liberty, due process, legal equality and—in the matter of the ReJOYce in Jesus Campus Fellowship—voluntary association, freedom of speech, and religious liberty on America’s college campuses.  Our web page, thefire.org, will give you a greater sense of our identity […]

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