Religious service learning ban still under discussion

The service learning ad-hoc committee approved the philosophy and mission statement at their meeting Wednesday and are starting to move on to the objectives, according to Student Senate President and ad-hoc committee member Chad Wade.

“We’re making progress, no doubt,” Wade said. “We’re getting to the point where the rubber meets the road. Now is where the real work begins.”

They will continue to work on the objective portion Friday, Wade said, specifically the aspect that deals with a ban on religious service learning.

The University Senate voted last December to send the bill to a smaller subcommittee for more discussion.

The committee will develop a proposal and send it back to the Senate floor, where it will be voted on and then sent to the chancellor for final approval.

The guidelines currently say students may meet the service learning requirement through religious proselytization and other religious-oriented activities.

The ban would not allow students to gain credit for such actions if passed.

– Spectator staff

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