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Media Memo: Interim Chancellor Larson Message Regarding RA Restrictions

TO: News and Assignment Editors

FROM: Mike Rindo

DATE: Nov. 23, 2005

SUBJECT: Interim Chancellor Larson Message Regarding RA Restrictions

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Interim Chancellor Vicki Lord Larson sent the following message to the University community Nov. 23 to update students, faculty and staff about the ongoing review of practices and policies restricting resident assistants from organizing and leading certain activities in the room and residence halls where they live.

We will continue to share with the news media messages from the Chancellor to the campus relating to this matter.

For additional information, contact Mike Rindo, executive director of university communications, at (715) 836-4741 or rindomj@uwec.edu.

On behalf of Chancellor Vicki Lord Larson this message is being sent to all UW-Eau Claire students and employees.

To: Members of the UW-Eau Claire campus community

From: Chancellor Vicki Lord Larson

UW System President Kevin Reilly was notified Monday evening that the Wisconsin Attorney General has declined UW System’s request for a written legal opinion concerning long-standing UW-Eau Claire policies and practices that place some restrictions on resident assistants.

The UW-Eau Claire policies and practices in question prohibit RAs from organizing, leading and recruiting for certain activities in rooms and residence halls where they live and have supervisory authority over other students. Those include partisan politics, religious studies and sales party events.

In a Nov. 21 letter to President Reilly, Deputy Attorney General Daniel Bach indicated the attorney general will not offer a written legal opinion. We will continue to consult with UW System to determine next steps in light of the Attorney General’s decision not to provide an opinion.

As I indicated in my message to you last week, the issues involved in this matter are extremely complex and they are important as they touch on the fundamental values of many people. It is essential that any decisions help us preserve the welcoming, supportive and open campus environment that has long been a trademark of UW-Eau Claire.

I will share additional information with you and any decisions made that relate to this matter.

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