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CSL allows for religious exemption from nondiscrimination policy

Published: Thursday, December 6, 2012

Updated: Thursday, December 6, 2012 08:12

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The CSL announced a new policy that will give student religious groups the opportunity to seek exemption from the university’s nondiscrimination policy.

Complicating matters is TCF’s dual role as a campus religious group but also as a chapter of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA (IVCF), an evangelical Christian mission on college campuses across the United States.

The Basis of Faith clause in TCF’s constitution, the same clause that led to TCF’s derecognition in October, is derived from a similar clause on IVCF’s website that the national organization requires its chapters to retain in their constitutions.

IVCF provides religious resources, mentorship and financial assistance to its chapters, although members of TCF’s leadership have said that the IVCF’s influence over TCF is overemphasized and that TCF student leaders have the last word on all chapter policies.

Starks said the committee did not consider the relationship between TCF and IVCF in its handling of the case.

“The appeal that we received was very specific to our student body and our response is very specific to the student body,” Starks said. “I haven’t really taken into consideration the external organization. I’m very concerned about Tufts University.”

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