Sydney Uni union delays ban on evangelical student group

Plan on hold

The University of Sydney Union (USU) has temporarily stalled its threat to deregister the Sydney University Evangelical Union (EU) over a requirement in its constitution that joining members sign a profession of faith in Christ.


- The Catholic Weekly

Claiming a membership of about 600, the EU has operated at the university since the 1930s.

After a five-year exchange between the USU and the EU on the matter, the USU decided to change its society rules in November, prohibiting societies from proscribing their membership according to “race, gender, age, sexuality, ability, religious beliefs or cultural background”.

It issued an ultimatum to the EU on February 17, requiring the society to remove the article from its constitution by March 31 or face deregistration.

But in a surprise move it then sent an email to EU president George Bishop on March 21, saying it had stalled a move to deregister the group while the union reconsidered its position.

USU president Alisha Aitken-Radburn confirmed to student newspaper Honi Soit that the USU had contacted the EU after having been approached by the university. The university has appointed an independent legal service to investigate the matter, and will hear submissions from both the USU and the EU before presenting its findings on Friday at a USU board meeting.

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