UW Eau Claire Dorm Bible Study Policy Approved By Board Of Regents

U-W regents approved a policy Friday that allows resident assistants to host Bible studies, sales events and political meetings.

But, the police adopted by the regents also warns RAs they shouldn't use their positions to coerce other students to participate. The RAs get stipends in exchange for supervising students in residence halls.

System president Kevin Reilly says the policy balances students' first amendment right to free speech against their duties as state employees.

The new policy applies to about 1,000 RAs in the 13 four-year universities. Each campus will have to set up ways to address student complaints about their resident assistants.

The vote rescinds policies at Eau Claire and Madison, where RAs can't recruit, promote or campaign for political or religious groups in their buildings.