Friday, July 07, 2017

Settlement Reached In Suit Over University Service Learning Credit For Religious Activity

A settlement has been reached in a lawsuit against the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire (see prior posting) over its refusal to count religious teaching to children as a permissible type of community service to satisfy university students' service learning requirement. Credit was give for various sorts of non-religious teaching.  Under the settlement agreement (full text) in Liebl v. Schmidt, the University agreed to remove language from its Service Learning Guidebook and from as University Senate motion that had disallowed credit for "time spent directly involved in promoting religious doctrine, proselytizing or worship." The University also agreed to pay plaintiffs' attorneys fees of $15,000.  Plaintiffs filed a Notice of Voluntary Dismissal with the Wisconsin federal district court on July 6.  ADF issued a press release announcing the settlement.