A Christian group that had its 75-year history threatened by Wayne State University officials can rest easy — for now.
A lawsuit filed in federal court coupled with national media exposure appears to have ended a brewing battle between InterVarsity Christian Fellowship organization and Wayne State University. The group’s Michigan chapter, which was decertified in 2017 because it required student leaders to subscribe to its core principles, was reinstated on Thursday.
School officials had originally claimed that InterVarsity’s leadership criteria ran afoul of nondiscrimination policies.
“It’s about time that Wayne State let InterVarsity come in from the cold,” said Lori Windham, an attorney representing InterVarsity, The Detroit Free Press reported Thursday. “Christian student groups should be able to have Christian leaders. Now Wayne State needs to make this permanent and ensure this unfair treatment will never happen again.”
InterVarsity filed its lawsuit on Tuesday, which charged the Michigan institution with arbitrarily following regulations as a means of derailing its status.
The 2017 decertification forced the group to pay a $100 rental fee for each campus meeting and deal with other bureaucratic hurdles.
“After a review of the situation and communicating with the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship organization, Wayne State has decided to recertify the group as an official student organization,” Wayne State spokesperson Matt Lockwood told Fox News on Friday. “The InterVarsity student group is committed to welcoming and including all students, and the university will not intervene in the group’s leadership selection.”