Timeline of Recent Events

  • November 19, 2011: Four students submit a complaint against TCF to the TCUJ, alleging that staff members of IVCF wield undue influence over the student recognized group and that both organizations engage in discriminatory practices.
  • Winter 2012: Students rescind the complaint, pending results of an ongoing investigation by the Tufts Chaplaincy.
  • September 2012:  TCF is suspended by the TCUJ as part of the TCUJ’s regular re-recognition process of TCU recognized groups.  This suspension was the result of a clause in TCF’s constitution which states that leaders of TCF “should support and advocate for the letter and spirit of TCF’s Basis of Faith.” According to Judiciary Chair Adam Sax “This is a matter of freedom of religion as we’re looking at it. The parts that need to be changed are parts that [should say] anyone of any faith can be part of this group and attain any leadership position.”
  • October 2012:  TCF loses its official recognition as a TCU student group after its leaders fail to revise the TCF constitution so that it fall in line with the University’s non-discrimination policy. TCF decides to appeal the decision to the Committee on Student Life (CSL).
  • December 5, 2012:  The CSL upholds the TCUJs ruling (i.e. the decision to derecognize TCF) but creates a new policy by which student religious groups (SRGs) can now apply for exemptions from the non-discrimination policy on doctrinal grounds. This exemption would then be approved or denied by the University Chaplaincy and, if approved, would need to be stated transparently in the group’s constitution. Under this new policy, TCF is granted conditional recognition and is given 60 days to re-apply for recognition.
  • December 5, 2012: A petition is created on Change.org calling on Tufts Universitys administration to overturn the CSLs new policy. To date, the petition has over 500 signatures.
  • December 7, 2012: President Anthony Monaco releases a statement in support of the CSL policy.
  • December 9, 2012: After several hours of debate, the TCU Senate fails to vote on a resolution relating to the CSL decision. The resolution condemned the CSL ruling, called for it to be overturned, and requested that groups that apply for exemptions from the non-discrimination policy receive $0 from the Student Activities Fee. TCU Senate President Wyatt Cadley decided to table the resolution, following a declaration by the TCUJ that the resolution was unconstitutional and any TCU senator who voted on it would be subject to disciplinary measures, including potentially being impeached.
  • December 10, 2012: Two Student Religious Groups, Tufts Freethought Society and Tufts University Unitarian Universalists, denounce the CSLs new policy in Letters to the Editor in the Tufts Daily.
  • January 27, 2013: The TCU Senate passes two resolutions regarding the CSL Policy. The first resolution states that the CSL decision is in direct conflict with Universitys Mission statement and that the TCU Government consequently cannot feasibly uphold the CSL decision. The second resolution takes a more subjective approach, explicitly denouncing the policy and calling for the University to overturn the CSL policy.
  • February 6, 2013: CARE-endorsed candidates, Kumar Ramanathan and Emani Holyfield, are elected to the CSL.
  • February 19, 2013: CARE hosts a Teach-In and releases its publication “Justifiable Discrimination at Tufts: A History.
  • March 6,2013: Representatives of CARE meet with President Anthony Monaco, who states that the next step would be for the Executive Committee of the AS&E faculty to put the CSL decision before the full faculty for a vote.
  • March 11, 2013: Tufts Christian Fellowship announces in an email to the TCUJ that they will not apply for re-recognition under the CSL Policy.
  • March 12, 2013The Tufts Daily breaks the news that the Executive Committee refuses to put the CSL Policy before the full faculty for a vote.
  • March 12, 2013: CARE releases a statement regarding the recent developments and reaffirming its commitment to overturning the CSL Policy.
  • April 22, 2013: CARE endorses Joe Thibodeau for TCU President, based on his strong support for CARE, his vocal opposition to the CSL Policy and his dedication to seeing the Policy overturned.
  • April 2013 (Jumbo Days): CARE members table at Jumbo Days in order to educate accepted students about the CSL Policy.
  • April 2013: CARE endorsed candidate, Jordan Dashow, is elected to the CSL for the 2013 – 2014 Academic Year
  • Summer 2013: Leaders within CARE reach out to former members of TSAD in order to broaden their support
  • September 18, 2013: CARE endorsed candidates, Nina Bernstein and Walker Bristol, are elected to the CSL for the 2013 – 2014 Academic Year
  • December 6, 2013: The CSL votes to remove the ability of religious groups to apply for a justified departure from the non-discrimination policy
  •  February 6, 2014: The CSL’s decision is released to the public via an op/ed in the Daily by the CSL Co-Chairs

For a timeline of the events that occurred in 2000, click here.


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