Thursday, December 01, 2005
Early Wednesday, legislative furor over the UW System�s hesitance to condemn the policy reached a new high when Rep. Rob Kreibich, R-Eau Claire, announced his plans to hold a hearing on the matter and vowed to invite officials from both UW-Eau Claire and the UW System to testify.
�I�d love to see the UW System lawyers defend the Madison policy,� he said. �It has battered the system�s image around the world, [and] we�re anticipating just an overwhelming media [presence].�
Kreibich also invited UW-Eau Claire student Lance Steiger, the RA who launched the ordeal with his complaint to the Philadelphia-based Foundation for Individual Rights in Education this summer, as well as U.S. Rep. Mark Green, R-Wis.�I am pleased that Rep. Kreibich has taken this step, and I think it will be a good chance for the Legislature and really the taxpayers [to discuss the issue],� Green said. �These hearings are especially important in light of the attorney general�s unwillingness to issue an opinion. I think the UW System is opening itself up to a tremendous liability, certainly opening itself up to ridicule.�
Following Kreibich�s announcement, UW System President Kevin Reilly announced the formation of an advisory committee to make recommendations for a system-wide policy on what privileges should be granted to resident assistants or, in the case of UW-Madison, house fellows.
In other words, UW is beginning the process of delaying and covering their asses. FIRE promises to continue the lawsuit until the system-wide policy is changed. It should be noted that Madison is the only other campus that has this ban in place, so for example UW-Milwaukee does permit its RAs to lead Bible studies. Madison students -- time to bring pressure!