Virginia bans campus ‘all-comers’ policies

February 25, 2013

Virginia lawmakers voted earlier this week to give college campus groups the right to restrict membership to students who agree with their mission...

Virginia bans campus ‘all-comers’ policies

February 25, 2013

by Leigh Jones

World on Campus

 

Virginia lawmakers voted earlier this week to give college campus groups the right to restrict membership to students who agree with their mission.

The bill is designed to prevent state universities from enacting "all-comers" policies, which undermine the ability of religious and political organizations to form around a specific set of beliefs.

"It's pretty simple: A Democratic club shouldn't have to accept a Republican as a member and members of a religious group should be able to expect that their leadership will share the group's core commitments," state Sen. Mark Obenshain, the bill's sponsor, told The Roanoke Times. "It's perfectly reasonable for an organization to expect its members to agree with, and be good examples of, the organization's mission...