UW-Eau Claire Bible Studies Issue Won't Be Heard By State's Attorney General

The state's attorney general won't step into a debate over a policy banning some University of Wisconsin System resident assistants from conducting Bible studies in their dorm rooms.

UW System President Kevin Reilly had asked Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager last week to issue an opinion on whether the policy at UW-Eau Claire is constitutional.

The request came after some rallied to the cause of a UW-Eau Claire resident assistant, arguing the policy violated his constitutional right to practice religion.

Lautenschlager's top aide turned down the request Monday.

Dan Bach says if the attorney general were to call the policy unconstitutional, her opinion would compromise her office's ability to represent the state should someone sue the university over the policy.