Reports and Policies

Policy Concerning Religious Activities

A. General

1. The university affirms the needs and rights of students, faculty, and staff to gather in religious communities and to seek pastoral care and counsel from ministers, priests, rabbis, imams, and other religious leaders in their spiritual and moral lives and growth.
2. The university recognizes the opportunity for personal growth and religious expression through worship, religious education, social and growth groups, pastoral care and interfaith dialogue and understanding.
3. The university supports freedom of worship and a pluralistic, multicultural and interdenominational environment. See the Academic Affairs Committee action, dated January 11, 1978, regarding religious observances of major faith groups: Buddhist, Christian, Islamic, and Jewish.
4. In keeping with its educational purpose, the university supports the academic study of religion both for credit and non-credit.
5. In the spiritual life and growth of its students and personnel, the university recognizes available resources in religious groups, campus ministers, and local congregations to provide ministry and pastoral care.


B. Religious Organizations

1. Religious groups are classified as non-registered or registered. Religious organizations must register with the Office of Student Activities and Services (OSAS) to be recognized as an on-campus group. Criteria for registration include:

a. An organization on the K-State campus must have membership that is comprised of at least 50% students to be eligible for registration with the OSAS.
b. All campus organizations requesting registration shall submit a constitution or a statement of purpose. A group may form to provide a particular service to the university community or to unite persons with similar academic, cultural, religious, professional, social, or political interests. An organization's purpose in organizing shall be consistent with all university policies and regulations.
c. If a campus organization has an affiliation with a national or regional organization, it must submit a copy of the national or regional constitution.
If this constitution contains clauses which are incongruent with established university policies or regulations, the campus organization will not be registered until the national organization agrees to waive such clauses.
d. It is the responsibility of the organization to have an advisor who is presently a member of the university faculty or staff. In all cases, the advisor must be approved annually by the OSAS to serve in that capacity. The advisor shall be cognizant of all organizational activities, be aware of the financial status of the organization, and periodically affirm that the organization meets specified membership requirements and other requirements as stated in the organization's own constitution and/or by-laws.
e. A current listing of all campus organizations' officers and advisors will be on file in the OSAS. Copies will be distributed to various campus units as determined by the OSAS.
f. In considering registration, the OSAS may request additional information it deems appropriate to the renewal or new registration of organizations and groups. This may include information concerning the financial status, activities, purpose or intent of the organization, charters, constitution or by-laws of organizations external to the university with which the group or organization is affiliated, or the current president and advisor.

2. Religious organizations will be subject to the OSAS’s policies regarding registration, fund raising, and financial accountability as well as being subject to federal, state, local, and university laws. University guidelines require that membership and/or participation be open to all persons regardless of age, sex, race, religious faith, national origin, physical ability, or sexual orientation. Failure to do so might mean the denial or revocation of registration.

3. The university Committee on Religion is comprised of representatives of registered university religious groups. It serves to support campus religious groups and to foster interfaith understanding and dialogue, and to facilitate discussion of religious concerns.


C. Religious Programs and Activities

1. Religious programs and activities must comply with university policies as well as federal, state, and local laws.
2. In keeping with its educational mission, the university may specify the time, place, and manner (form or general arrangements) of religious events, but may not regulate their content.
3. In keeping with the university regulations, the program and activities of religious groups on campus (as with all registered organizations) will comply with the following criteria:

a. Actions of the organization and its members will not endanger the health, safety, or welfare of the university community.
b. Programs will not interfere with the educational mission of the university and will respect the right of others to privacy. Representatives of groups will follow university guidelines regarding P.A. systems, posting flyers, and visiting residences.
c. Group programs will be consistent with stated purpose or constitutional goals.

4. Registered student organizations are accountable for finances and honesty in publicity indicating the name of the organization on all posters, signs, and advertisements. This includes the religious identity and/or religious affiliation of the group, if its statement of purpose or activity is intended to promote its religious views or its group.
5. In view of the educational purpose of the university, religious programs should encourage a format of dialogue and the exchange of ideas. Persons should not be subjected to psychological, physical, or mental pressure harmful to health or personal autonomy.
6. Concerns, verbal or written, regarding the abuse of these guidelines should be brought informally to the coordinator of religious activities, the Dean of Students, or the OSAS for consideration and recommendations. A formal, written complaint should be filed with the OSAS/Student Governing Association for the consideration of a hearing through its Grievance Procedure and Committee.
7. Off-campus, non-registered religious groups will coordinate on-campus activities with the Dean of Student Life as well as the facility director. (Coordination refers to time, place, and manner.) While conducting religious activities on campus, non-registered religious groups will comply with the above guidelines for registered groups.


D. Facilities

1. The university recognizes public and private areas on campus such as the chapels and residence halls. Conducting religious activities or scheduling programs in private areas must first be approved by the residents and staff. For on-campus scheduling and use of public areas, the university has procedures regarding time, place, and manner (form or general arrangements) but not content.
2. Religious groups may request the reservation of All Faiths Chapel (seating 400) and Danforth Chapel (seating 60) on campus under the Chapel Use Policy for meetings and worship. The chapels are also available for weddings, baptisms, funerals, and private meditation.
Scheduling and fee information is available at the office of student activities and services in the K-State Student Union, and Facilities Special Events Office in Dykstra Hall.
3. The K-State Student Union is available for meetings and social activities under the scheduling and policies of the union.
4. On a more limited basis, other available facilities include university auditoriums (scheduled through University Facilities) and campus ministry centers (information through the coordinator of religious activities).

E. Residence Halls (includes dining center areas)

1. The university affirms the individual rights of students to religious expression in their rooms in the residence halls to the extent they do not violate residence hall policy and general administration of the hall or interfere with the rights of roommates or other residents.
2. Since the residence halls are private areas, religious activities and programming is at the invitation of the residents with the approval of the Hall Governing Board (HGB) and Residence Life Coordinator. Religious organizations (registered and non-registered) will request approval from the HGB and the residence life coordinator before scheduling religious programs in the halls. Halls may request information about the proposed activity or the sponsoring organization and a description of the function. In the event of uncertainty regarding an activity or program sponsored by a registered campus group, residence life coordinators and staff are encouraged to consult with the coordinator of religious activities. All off-campus non-registered groups will be referred to the coordinator of religious activities for approval prior to scheduling.
3. Religious programming or activities in the residence halls shall not be considered as open meetings for the public (non-residents).
4. Religious activities and programs must not violate university or residence hall guidelines or federal, state, and local laws. All religious activities and programs coming into the residence halls will comply with university policies and this policy.
5. In keeping with university policy, the program and activities of religious groups on campus (as with all registered organizations) will comply with the following criteria:

a. Actions of the organization and its members will not endanger the health, safety or welfare of the university community.
b. Programs will not interfere with the educational mission of the university and will respect the right of others to privacy. Religious groups will follow university guidelines regarding P.A. systems, posting flyers and visiting residences.
c. The group’s programs will be consistent with its stated purpose or constitutional goals.
d. Registered groups are accountable for finances and honesty in publicity indicating the name of the organization on all posters, signs, and advertisements. This includes the religious identity and/or religious affiliation of the group, if its statement of purpose or activity is intended to promote its religious views or its group.
e. In view of the educational purpose of the university, religious programs should encourage a format of dialogue and the exchange of ideas. Persons should not be subjected to psychological, physical, or mental pressure harmful to health or personal autonomy.

6. The KSU Association of Residence Halls (KSUARH) has adopted these guidelines regarding religious activities in the halls:

a. Distribution of theological information or literature will be allowed only in the main lobby or at the main desk in the residence halls with the permission of the residence life coordinator.
b. Door-to-door theological discussion or solicitation will not be allowed.
c. Sponsorship and arrangements for appearance by the individual hall governing boards will be necessary before any theological organization or member of an organization may enter the residence hall or dining center public areas for speaking engagements or discussions.
d. Solicitation of funds for theological organizations will not be allowed in the residence halls or dining center areas.
e. All theological research must meet qualifications as stated in item 6,b, above. (no door-to-door discussion or solicitation allowed).

7. The University supports pastoral care by members of registered religious groups and denominations through their authorized representatives.
8. Religious associates may be assigned to residence halls. Religious associates are persons invited by the Department of Housing and Dining Services and residence life coordinators on the recommendation of the coordinator of religious activities to serve a particular hall as a resource person for religious issues and programming. In this capacity they are not to function as denominational or theological advocates.

F. Jardine Apartment Complex

1. The above residence hall guidelines (with exception of number 2 above) will apply to Jardine Apartment Complex where religious activities in the area will be approved by the Residents’ Council and Jardine Apartments assistant director.
2. Since these areas are private residences, no door-to-door soliciting will be allowed without the approval from the Residents’ Council and Jardine Apartments coordinator.
3. Distribution of literature and posters will be allowed in areas designated and approved by the Residents’ Council and Jardine assistant director.