Even though Baptist Collegiate Ministry was approved as a recognized student organization on the campus of Vanderbilt University, the BCM will decline that status.

Randy C. Davis, executive director of the Tennessee Baptist Convention, informed members of the TBC Executive Board of the decision to not accept the recognized status in a letter e-mailed to them Monday (May 7).

Originally, the Vanderbilt BCM planned to seek the recognized status and remain a registered organization on campus though many other religious organizations said they would not seek to be registered on campus after the policy was announced.

The issue surrounds the decision announced by Vanderbilt earlier this year that the university intends to enforce its non-discrimination policy and a new all-comers policy. The all-comer policy means that any student at Vanderbilt is entitled to become a member and to seek a leadership position in any registered student organization on campus.

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