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November 22, 2006
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Statement on Suspension of the Reformed University Fellowship

The Brown University Office of the Chaplain and Religious Life and the Office of the Vice President for Campus Life and Student Services have offered to work with the Reformed University Fellowship so that it may regain its status as an affiliated religious group.

Michael Chapman, vice president for public affairs and University relations, issued the following statement for the University.

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Brown University has a long tradition of respecting the right of every student to practice his or her faith. Today, 20 student religious groups of many different faiths and beliefs enrich the social and cultural life of the entire campus community.

The religious groups are organized and operated by Brown students and are overseen and supported by the University’s Office of the Chaplains and Religious Life (OCRL). In September, the University suspended the affiliation of the Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) due to its failure to abide by guidelines established for all religious groups on campus.

The University welcomes the contributions RUF has made to the spiritual life of the campus and has offered to assist RUF in taking the necessary steps to have its affiliation restored.

The OCRL has communicated directly with the leadership of RUF to offer its support in this process. In addition, the Office of the Vice President for Campus Life and Student Services at Brown has offered its support to provide any further assistance in helping RUF regain its affiliation.

The University hopes this process can be completed in the near future so that RUF will regain its affiliation before the beginning of next semester.