NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Vanderbilt University has hired a chaplain in the hopes of ending a lingering controversy over its non-discrimination policy.
The "all-comers" policy at the school requires student groups to allow any student to join their groups and to hold office, regardless of their beliefs.
Vanderbilt reviewed all of its student groups for compliance with the policy after a gay student complained of being thrown out of a Christian fraternity. Since then, Christian groups have protested and several lost their official status for refusing to sign on to the policy.
The university announced last week that the Rev. Mark Forrester would be its chaplain and director of religious life beginning on Sept. 1. The Tennessean reports that one of his first tasks will be to meet with groups that lost their status.
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