DETROIT (AP) – Wayne State University officials have reversed a decision to decertify a Christian student group for requiring its leaders to embrace its religious beliefs.

The university earlier this week stood by its decision to decertify a chapter of the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. But it reversed course Thursday and said it wouldn’t interfere with the group’s leadership selection.
InterVarsity filed a lawsuit Tuesday in Detroit federal court contending Wayne State was discriminating against the organization.

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Wayne State had asserted it must protect the “constitutional and religious rights of everyone.” The Detroit university said recognition as a student group wasn’t a right. Had the university’s decision stood, InterVarsity couldn’t have reserved free meeting rooms or apply for funding.

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InterVarsity says it welcomes all students regardless of beliefs, but its leaders must meet certain standards.

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