The media last week published a story saying the University of Michigan kicked out Asian Intervarsity Christian Fellowship as a registered student organization. I posted that report here.
U-M has issued a statement of clarification. Here it is in its entirety.
Feb. 1, 2013
Media reports on the status of the Asian InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at the University of Michigan are inaccurate. The Asian InterVarsity Christian Fellowship has not been “kicked off campus,” as some news reports have stated.
All registered student organizations at the University of Michigan are required to complete the annual re-registration process by September 30. The Asian InterVarsity Christian Fellowship did not meet the deadline and has not yet completed this process. We discussed this with them in December, and a follow-up meeting is scheduled for next week.
We work directly with all U-M student organizations, including Asian InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, to help them be successful on campus.
Free speech and diversity, including religious diversity, are core principles at the University of Michigan. We value the existence the Asian InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, along with the other 69 faith-based student organizations at U-M. Their existence and their voices add significantly to our academic community and support those students who find solace, camaraderie, and guidance in their presence.
We look forward to continuing the registration process with Asian InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in the coming days.
- Kelly Cunningham, U-M spokesperson