Vanderbilt threatens to shut down Christian student groups

Email Vanderbilt University Chancellor Nicholas Zeppos and urge him to stop the university's religious discrimination against Christian groups on his campus.

September 27, 2011

Vanderbilt University has placed four Christian student groups on "provisional status" after a university review found them to be in non-compliance with the school's nondiscrimination policy. If they remain in non-compliance, the student Christian groups risk being shut down.

Vanderbilt says the student organizations cannot require that leaders share the Christian groups' beliefs, goals and values. Carried to its full extent, it means an atheist could lead a Christian group, a man a woman's group, a Jew a Muslim group or vice versa.

Last year, an openly gay undergrad at Vanderbilt complained he was kicked out of a Christian fraternity. As a result, the school took action against five religious groups and said they violated Vanderbilt's nondiscrimination policy. All were placed on provisional status.

Among the groups threatened with shut down is the Christian Legal Society because "Each officer is expected to lead Bible studies, prayer and worship at chapter meetings." CLS President Justin Gunter said, "We come together to do things that Christians do together. Pray, and have Bible studies."

The school says, however, that if the Christian club requires leaders to be a Christian and espouse Christianity, it can be shut down.

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