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ECU leadership changes course allows cross to stay for now

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Published: Jun. 30, 2017 at 12:59 PM CDT
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ADA, Okla. (KXII) -- East Central University leadership announced Friday they are immediately withdrawing efforts to remove religious icons from Kathryn P. Boswell Memorial Chapel.

The action was in response to a recent letter from the Washington, D.C.-based Americans United for Separation of Church and State letter to the state university.

“We moved too quickly,” said Katricia Pierson, ECU president. “We regret not taking time to pause and thoughtfully consider the request and the results of our actions on all of the students, faculty and community members who we serve.”

Pierson said initially the university removed some items to show support for all cultures and religious beliefs. The chapel is used for various religions, student clubs and events.

“This requires a more thoughtful and deliberate approach to the request,” Pierson said. “That will be our next step.”

Pierson said the university will immediately begin convening a committee of students, faculty and community members who represent a diversity of viewpoints to study the issue.

“I commend ECU for reviewing the policies, and taking the time to thoughtfully consider the impacts on everyone in the university and Ada community,” says Senator Greg McCortney.