Whereas, The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges supports the principle of the separation of church and state;
Whereas, The California community colleges serve a diverse population, including people with a wide range of religious beliefs and practices;
Whereas, Given that our mission is to provide open access to education, it is not within the scope of the California community college mission to represent students, faculty, staff, or the wider community in religious matters; and
Whereas, The Academic Senate respects the right of the individual to determine whether, how, when, and what to worship, and we believe that this right is violated by the inclusion of a religious invocation in public college events;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges oppose the inclusion of a religious invocation in any public college event at which faculty, staff, or students are in, or might reasonably be expected to be in, attendance; and
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges accept the inclusion of a moment of silence if so desired in any such event. MSR Disposition: Revise resolution to solve concern about student clubs and bring back in Spring 2007
Revised and sent back to the author.