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InterVarsity Reinstated as New York University Decides Leadership Policy is 'Not Discrimination'

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  • 2012 Aug 16
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In the continuing saga of whether or not Christian student groups violate college non-discrimination policies, the State University of New York at Buffalo has re-recognized InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF) as an official student organization just in time for the start of the school year, Christianity Today reports. The SUNY Buffalo student senate suspended IVCF operations on campus in December 2011 after the student newspaper reported that the club asked one of its leaders to resign because he was gay. According to the SUNY student association's "all-inclusive" policy, an organization cannot exclude students from becoming members. Though IVCF has no restrictive membership clause, it requires its student leaders to agree with the organizations' doctrinal and purpose statements. Following an investigation by a university committee, IVCF was officially de-recognized as a club in April, but regained official status July 27 when SUNY Buffalo's Student-Wide Judiciary ruled that it was "common sense, not discrimination" for a religious group to want its leaders to agree with its core beliefs.