Officials for a civil liberties organization said Monday they would not pursue litigation against UNC after Chancellor James Moeser recently agreed to recognize a campus Christian group whose charter violated the school's anti-discrimination policy.
In the meantime, 16 other campus groups also have been scrutinized for bylaws that have been identified as contradicting UNC policy.
The Philadelphia-based Foundation for Individual Rights in Education said late last month that it was ready to sue the University after Division of Student Affairs officials sent a letter to the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship informing the group that its right to receive funding would be revoked if its charter was not changed by Jan. 31. Student Affairs officials sent a similar letter to 16 other groups.
UNC's anti-discrimination policy requires that "openness to full membership and participation must be available to all members of the University community without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender (where applicable)."
But during a campuswide review of every student organization's bylaws, officials claimed that many groups, including InterVarsity, were not in congruence with this policy.