ERIC Number: ED232297
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: N/A
The Use of School Facilities by Student Groups for Religious Activities.
Piele, Philip K.; Pitt, Stephen M.
Three recent federal court decisions dealt with the use of public university and public school facilities by student groups for religious activities. In "Widmar v. Vincent," the United States Supreme Court decided that the University of Missouri at Kansas City was not justified in its denial of permission to a registered student religious group to use its facilities for meetings. However, in two other cases, which the Supreme Court chose not to hear, circuit courts of appeal decided that regulations preventing similar groups from using public high school facilities are justified. The courts' use of the concept of "impressionable youth" to distinguish a "public forum" in a university from an activity meeting in a public school is examined. A discussion of difficulties that university and school administrators may face in applying these decisions to their institutions concludes this chapter. (MLF)
Descriptors: Court Litigation, Educational Facilities, Federal Courts, Higher Education, Religious Cultural Groups, School Law, Secondary Education, State Church Separation, State Courts, Student Organizations, Student School Relationship
Not available separately; see EA 016 000.
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Organization on Legal Problems of Education, Topeka, KS.
Identifiers: Supreme Court; Widmar v Vincent
Note: In its: School Law Update--1982, p1-12, 1983.