A Christian student group is suing the UW System.

At issue, a decision at UW-Superior to derecognize the campus chapter of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. Fellowship president Alec Hill says the UW claims its anti-discrimination policy prohibits using a religious test to qualify candidates for leadership. “The analogy would be, if . . . Hillel, which is the Jewish student group . . . had to accept Holocaust deniers,” says Hill.

Hannah Herstad served as the Superior chapter's president last academic year. She says that so far this year, the group has been allowed to continue to meet on campus, “but that right could be taken away from us at any time.” Hill says they're seeking a temporary restraining order, for UW-Superior to reinstate the chapter and allow all InterVarsity chapters on UW campuses to use religious criteria for the selection of chapter officers.

The Badger Herald newspaper at UW Madison reports that the suit was actually filed by the Ariziona-based Alliance Defense Fund. Officials at UW Superior and UW Madison did not respond to requests for comment.

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