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UW-Eau Claire suspends Bible study ban

November 30, 2005

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire suspended a practice Wednesday banning resident assistants from leading Bible studies in their dorm rooms after it was slammed by politicians and conservative groups as infringing on religious freedom.

Interim Chancellor Vicki Lord Larson said a campus review found the unwritten policy, which also banned resident assistants from leading political activities and sales events in their rooms, was poorly communicated and inconsistently enforced.

The campus launched its review after a senior resident assistant publicly challenged the policy. The student, Lance Steiger, said he was warned he could face discipline if he continued having Bible studies in his room. He said he was forced to hold the events in the dorm basement instead...

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