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Catholic Group Leaving Vanderbilt Due to University Policy

Vandy Catholic, a Catholic student group at Vanderbilt University, will disaffiliate with the university. Vanderbilt claims that its non-discrimination policy prohibits Vandy Catholic from disqualifying non-Catholics from serving in leadership positions in the organization. According to The Huffington Post:

By giving up their official student organization status, Vandy Catholic loses eligibility for university funding and cannot use Vanderbilt resources such as listserv access and website hosting.

“We are first and foremost a Catholic organization,” PJ Jedlovec, president of Vandy Catholic, told Fox News. “We do, in fact, have qualifications -– faith-based qualifications for leadership. We require that our leaders be practicing Catholics. And the university’s non-discrimination policy — they have made it clear that there is no room in it for an organization that has these faith-based qualifications.”

The university requires all student groups to register with the Dean of Students’ office during the spring and sign that they agree to the non-discrimination policy.

Fix Contributor Kyle Blaine, who reported on this issue, was interviewed by Fox News about it last September.

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