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University of Wisconsin

Madison, WI: (May-04-07) The University of Wisconsin Roman Catholic Foundation filed charges against the university, alleging religious discrimination after the group was denied recognition, despite a campus presence dating to the 1880s. The group filed suit last year after UW-Madison said it could no longer be recognized because only three of its 12 board members were students and it violated nondiscrimination policies by limiting membership to Catholics. The dispute has been watched closely because it could set clearer standards on whether student fees at a public university can go to religious groups, and for what activities, without violating the constitutional separation of church and state or discriminating against religion. In a settlement reached, the University of Wisconsin agreed to award $250,000 in student fees next year to the Catholic group to settle its religious discrimination lawsuit. The group had requested for the money for activities ranging from prayer gatherings to speeches and classes in theology for students. All expenditures will be subject to a legal review by the university as part of the agreement. [CAPITAL TIMES: RELIGIOUS DISCRIMINATION]

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Published on May-7-07


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