University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Reaches Settlement With Christian Apologetics Student Group, Will Officially Recognize Them and Pay $20,000 in Damages

A university in Colorado reached a legal settlement with a Christian apologetics student group that it previously refused to recognize, giving them official recognition and paying over $20,000 in damages.

The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs agreed to a settlement which will allow Ratio Christi to become a registered student club among resubmitting an application, as well as pay the plaintiffs a one-time amount of $20,574 in damages.

The University also agreed to revise its Club & Organization Handbook to include a provision explaining that all student clubs can require leaders to adhere to the beliefs of their group.

In return, Ratio Christi will dismiss its lawsuit against the University and amend its membership standards to clarify that non-Christians can become members and participate in its activities.

Travis Barham, senior counsel with the Alliance Defending Freedom, which represented Ratio Christi, said in a statement released Tuesday that he commended the University for “quickly implementing this common sense policy reform.”

“It would be absurd for the university to require the vegan student group to appoint a meat-lover as its president,” stated Barham.

“Thankfully, the university quickly fixed its policy by adding provisions that respect students’ rights to free association, no longer forcing Christian students to let atheists or other non-Christians to lead their Bible studies in order to become a registered club.”

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski