The U.S. Department of Education issued a new final rule that ensures equal access for religious student groups on public college and university campuses. The National Association of Evangelicals joined with national student ministries and religious freedom advocates to publicly commend the new rule.

Walter Kim, NAE president, said, “The right to assemble together based on religiously informed beliefs is foundational to a tolerant and truly pluralistic society. This right includes the ability to choose leaders who support the distinctive religious tenets of our groups.”

The NAE has long advocated for regulations that protect the Constitutional rights of student groups, including equal access to school facilities and the ability to choose leaders based on their deeply held beliefs.