David v. Goliath

November 19, 2005

Lance Steiger has had a lot on his mind recently.

In the past week, the UW-Eau Claire senior finance student took three exams and wrote a paper.

And to top it all off, he’s also the resident assistant caught in the middle of a national debate surrounding the university’s rule prohibiting RAs from leading Bible study sessions in their dorm rooms.

Steiger said he loves his school and his job, but felt he needed to question the policy when he first learned of it this summer.

“This isn’t just a Christian Bible study issue,” Steiger said Friday morning seated in his Governors Hall room. “This is a First Amendment issue that affects all RAs.”

Although his decision to challenge the policy means he’s spent a good portion of his senior year fielding questions from the press while looking for answers himself, Steiger doesn’t regret taking a stand.

“It’s very important to me,” he said. “I think they crossed the line.”

Steiger has led an all-male Bible study on campus since his sophomore year in 2003-04. In January 2004, he became an RA while continuing to discuss Scripture passages in the basement of his dormitory with other Christian students on a weekly basis...

Schools: University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire Cases: University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire: Ban on RAs’ Leading Bible Studies