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TN Legislature Seeks to Overturn Bizarre Vanderbilt Rule

By May 3, 2012

Lawmakers in Tennessee have approved a bill that would effectively rescind Vanderbilt University's controversial policy requiring student groups to have completely open membership admittance and freedom to run for office within that group.

The bill comes after Vanderbilt University took its policy to the extreme by informing a Christian studentgroup that its official recognition was to be revoked because it required its members to have a personal commitment to Jesus Christ.

"It just shows how radical the Vanderbilt administration has become in enforcing a policy that is nonsense," said Kim Colby, senior counsel for the Christian Legal Society's Center for Lawand Religious Freedom. "A lot of jaws dropped when we saw how far the Vanderbilt administration was taking this...

Schools: Vanderbilt University