A Christian club at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo will not be allowed to set up a table at the annual Open House this April. Cru, formerly known as Campus Crusade for Christ, will also not be allowed to meet with guests at Chico State during its fall recruitment drive.
Cal Poly San Luis and Chico State are just two of the 23 Cal State universities that Christian student clubs are no longer allowed to recruit at, according to The College Fix.
Earlier this school year, the Cal State University administration called the Christian groups “discriminatory” after those groups refused to allow non-Christians into the clubs. The campuses have officially derecognized those clubs.
To rent a room on campus at Cal Poly, Cru must pay $6,000 a year as an outside organization. Recognized student organizations pay nothing to rent a room. Chico State charges $900 for a one-time use for outside organizations.
“The effects of [the policy] severely reduced the ability of Christians and other religions on campus to practice their faith and be an integral part of the CSU community,” said engineering senior Matt Susank. “Not only does that speak against the mission at Cal Poly but of higher education and it is in a way discriminatory towards our ability to do that which is a huge part of campus life.”
Since the changes, Cru participation at Cal Poly has fallen from 10 to 20 people per Bible study to recently, when only two people showed up, a Cal Poly senior told The College Fix.
Chico State lost about 50 members of Cru, Greg Jao, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship’s national field director, said.
Publication date: March 2, 2015
Amanda Casanova is a writer living in Dallas, Texas. She has covered news for ChristianHeadlines.com since 2014. She has also contributed to The Houston Chronicle, U.S. News and World Report and IBelieve.com. She blogs at The Migraine Runner.