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Free speech wins in new UW policy

March 8, 2006

University of Wisconsin President Kevin Reilly has proposed a reasonable policy on holding Bible study classes in the rooms of dormitory resident assistants. UW Regents should approve the proposal at this week's meeting.

Reilly's plan was developed after Lance Steiger, a resident assistant at the UW-Eau Claire, was told in July to stop the study sessions.

School officials felt that some students may feel they are being coerced into attending the sessions because the resident assistants are responsible for discipline and order and to refuse would put them at odds with the resident assistant.

The school said it had the right to limit Steiger's use of the dorm because he is viewed as a counselor and receives free room and board and a monthly stipend to serve as a resident assistant.

The proposed policy says resident assistants "may participate in, organize, and lead any meetings or other activities, within their rooms, floors or residence halls, or anywhere else on campus, to the same extent as other students. However, they may not use their positions to inappropriately influence, pressure, or coerce student residents to attend or participate... Download file "Free speech wins in new UW policy"

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