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University of Kansas Group to Explore Issues Faced by Religious Minorities

LAWRENCE, Kan. ― The University of Kansas Student Senate is forming a group to explore issues members of religious minorities face on campus.

The committee will create a survey to gauge students’ accommodations for religious holidays and access to reflection spaces on campus, student body president Stephonn Alcorn said Thursday in a letter to student senators.

The Student Senate approved a resolution to form the committee earlier this month.

Alcorn said the committee will present legislation based on the survey results to the Student Senate aimed at enhancing the quality of life and freedom of religion for religious minorities at the university, The Lawrence Journal World reported.

“The committee is charged with putting forward legislation that calls for more extensive accommodations besides what is indicated in the fine print of a syllabus and to increase education of faculty members regarding accommodations and the importance of their careful consideration,” he said.

Co-chairs of the committee will be Zoya Khan, multicultural affairs committee chair, and Chancellor Adams, on-campus senator, Alcorn said. He said other members would be announced at the Senate’s meeting Wednesday.

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