Groups affected included the Christian Legal Society, InterVarsity and the graduate chapter of Campus Crusade. These organizations face an uncertain future because of a new policy that prohibits religious organizations from requiring that their leaders share the same beliefs and goals of the organizations they seek to lead. The policy goes one step further by hamstringing Bible studies.One wonders about the focus of the Office of Religious Life. One wonders if we are moving to the point where insisting on a Catholic Priest to say the Roman Catholic Mass on Sunday might not be an affront to the rules? I expect that Professors are still guaranteed to be allowed to teach their courses.
According to a letter from the acting director of the Office of Religious Life, Bible studies are suspect because they "would seem to indicate that officers are expected to hold certain beliefs." The letter goes on to explain: "Vanderbilt policies do not allow this expectation/qualification for officers."
In the comments to the OpEd is this item.
Well, an enterprising group of Vandy Christians could reverse this policy in a heartbeat. Get 200 of your closest Christian friends, and have them join the Vanderbilt Association of Hispanic Students (or other identity group). Then have everyone show up at the annual elections meeting and vote in an entire slate of conservative Christian non-Hispanic officers.One wonders if the University would extent its sway to off-campus organizations if the students abandoned University sanctioned organizations and became GDIs?
Regards &mash; Cliff