Reps. blast UW-Eau Claire

November 7, 2005

Two Wisconsin legislators expressed outrage last week over University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire’s policy of prohibiting residential assistants from leading bible study groups in their dorm rooms.

This policy has been attracting attention after the Philadelphia-based Foundation for Individual Rights in Education made public last week their concern with UW-Eau Claire’s policy.

“Essentially what [UW-Eau Claire officials] are saying is students who become RAs have to surrender their right to pursue their faith, even within the privacy of their own dorm rooms,” U.S. Rep. Mark Green, R-Wis., said.

Green said he talked with a UW-Eau Claire student on Sunday who has been affected by this policy.

“He was very bothered by a policy that would require him to stop practicing his faith.” Green said.

Both Green and state Rep. Scott Suder, R-Abbotsford, called the policy unconstitutional and “un-American.” They accused UW-Eau Claire of infringing on the rights of students to free speech and freedom of religion.

According to UW-Eau Claire spokesperson Mike Rindo, the university is currently investigating this policy to determine how to handle future situations regarding RA’s religious practices within the dorms. UW-Eau Claire will assess future incidents on a case-by-case basis until a definitive policy can be put in place...

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