Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Univ. Directs Student to Remove Cross Necklace; Supervisor Said Univ. Forbade Wearing Rel. Items

A Sonoma State University student has filed a religious accommodation request after she was ordered to remove her cross necklace because it might offend other students, the Fox News Insider website reports exclusively today (July 2, 2013).

"It is amazing in this day of diversity and tolerance on university campuses that a university official would engage in this type of obvious religious discrimination," said Liberty Institute attorney Hiram Sasser.

Liberty Institute is representing Audrey Jarvis, 19, a liberal arts major at the northern California university.

On June 27, Jarvis -- while working at a student orientation fair for incoming freshmen -- was directed by her supervisor to remove her cross necklace, because the university chancellor had a policy against wearing religious items.

A university spokeswoman said today that Jarvis's supervisor was "completely wrong" in asking her to remove her necklace, and that the university president plans to apologize to Jarvis.

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