Public Hearing Held on UWEC Bible Study Policy

By: Sean Towle
By: Sean Towle

The Wisconsin legislature took a step tonight in resolving the Bible study policy that has been clouding UW-Eau Claire over the past few months.
State Representatives Rob Kreibich and Scott Suder along with University Representative Mike Rindo held a listening session at Altoona City Hall to hear from the community on the issue that has been receiving national attention.
Dozens of people filled Altoona City Hall to let their voices be heard.
Along with the state and university reps, one person receiving questions from the crowd was one of the resident assistants leading a Bible study.
Lance Steiger said he has been leading Bible studies in his dorm and never received any complaints until a letter he received from the University threatening him with discipline.
The events have led up to tonight's hearing that has some state lawmakers skeptical of this unwritten rule.
"We got some issues that need to be worked out. We got a lot of information here tonight and found out new information from the University," Rep. Rob Kreibich said.
University representative Mike Rindo took the brunt of much of the emotional debate but was happy with the large turnout.
This isn't just a black and white issue and we appreciate the feedback from the legislature," Rindo said
Members of the University Student Senate were also on hand to speak on the issue and said a new resolution on the issue would be presented next week.
Kreibich added that a hearing will be held in Madison on December 13th on the issue and he plans on inviting everyone from the University administration in hopes of resolving this by Christmas.


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