Tolerance & Religion

Tolerance of Others

Respecting the rights of other students presupposes that in the close and diverse society of residence life, student expression of opinion will be respectful of others and will be exercised in good taste and decency.

Bigotry, hatred, and intolerance have no place in the residential community.

In displaying or distributing expressions of opinion, students are expected to show respect for the aesthetic, social, moral, and religious feelings of others upon whom their views may be imposed. Students living in the residences are entitled to expect that those with whom they live will demonstrate tolerance for diversity and respect for privacy.

Religious Groups

Boston University welcomes students, faculty, and guests from many religious and cultural backgrounds. This rich environment encourages the free exchange of beliefs and ideas and the reexamination of one’s values and commitments.

With this freedom, however, comes the responsibility to respect the rights of others, including the right not to be harassed or pressured to join a religious group or take part in its activities.

Religious activities and groups on the campus are open to all students. They are often publicized in campus newspapers, posters, fliers, and by personal invitation. If you are approached by representatives of any group on campus, you are free to request further information, to attend its meetings, or to become a member.

You are also free to say, “No thank you, I’m not interested.” This simple statement should be respected.

If you feel you are being pressured to attend a meeting or join a group, please report this to your resident assistant or residence director if you live in a University residence, or call the Dean of Students Office, 617-353-4126, if you live off campus. Immediate action will be taken.

Should you wish to discuss this policy further, or have any other questions about religious groups or activities, feel free to contact the Dean of Students Office, 617-353-4126, or any of the University chaplains.

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