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"Free religious expression is an integral part of the intellectual life."
Fr. John Sims Baker
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Vanderbilt Catholic
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Feb 18, 2018
Published April 24, 2012 At dusk on the first Sunday after Easter, a small procession led by 10 white-robed men filed slowly out of Vanderbilt University's Benton Chapel, the school's interfaith worship space. The leader held high a crucifix. Someone behind him rang bells. A heavy and bitter coil of incense smoke rolled over the rest of the column. When the students, all members of Vanderbil...
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Feb 17, 2018
Published May 05, 2012 Vanderbilt Catholic is one of 13 Christian groups refusing to comply with the school's controversial new nondiscrimination policy, which requires that any student be allowed to serve in leadership, regardless of whether the student shares the group's beliefs. The Catholic group says Vanderbilt's new requirement hinders its religious liberty. But two of the largest evan...
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Feb 17, 2018
March 22, 2012 Administrators at Vanderbilt University are beginning to enforce a long-held nondiscrimination policy for student groups. The policy is forcing a dilemma for faith-based organizations: Either drop requirements that their leaders hold certain beliefs, or forfeit school funding and move off campus. Members of Christian student groups say Vanderbilt's nondiscrimination policy has...
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Feb 17, 2018
Published January 31, 2012 Once upon a time, American universities encouraged students to create community around common interests and protected the right of student organizations to operate in a manner consistent with their beliefs. But a rising tide of resistance to religious organizations on college campuses, allegedly aimed at reducing intolerance, ironically advances it, fostering an ...
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Feb 18, 2018
Published April 2, 2012 Vanderbilt University's Catholic student group is disaffiliating with the school due to a clash with the college's non-discrimination policy. Vandy Catholic, a group with 500 members, disagrees that they must permit non-Catholic students to serve in leadership positions. While Vandy Catholic isn't forced to give non-Catholic students leadership positions within the g...
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Sep 16, 2013

This practice is already followed by the U.S. military.



Four Wiccan holidays were on the calendar Vanderbilt University's Office of Religious Life sent to faculty as days on which they should work with students who asked for excused absences.

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Sep 15, 2013
The administration at Vanderbilt University Medical Center plans to cut $250 million from its budget over the next two fiscal years, which could include more than 1,000 jobs, to try to sidestep looming financial pressures. ...
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Aug 21, 2013
The administration at Vanderbilt University Medical Center plans to cut $250 million from its budget over the next two fiscal years, which could include more than 1,000 jobs, to try to sidestep looming financial pressures. ...
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Aug 15, 2013
Vanderbilt University Medical Center plans to cut its workforce by more than 1,000 employees within the next two years, The Tennessean reports, citing people familiar with the center's plans. Some of the cuts are expected to come by offering early retirement options. Vanderbilt University Medical Center is targeting $250 million in budget savings over the same time period, or about 8 perce...
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Mar 11, 2013
Concerned alumni continue to fight to protect religious liberty at Vanderbilt University. In 2012, the university mandated an "all-comers policy" restricting 13 Christian student organizations from using religious belief in selecting its members and leaders. A new initiative in the battle to reclaim religious freedom, however, will soon come before the Tennessee House Education Sub-Committee and ...
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Restore Religious Freedom at Vanderbilt is a project of Americans United for Freedom, a 501(c)(4) (pending) social welfare organization which focuses on nonpartisan civic education and advocacy regarding important national issues.