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DU in the News—Feb. 8th edition

As a global university committed to inclusive excellence, DU has taken several steps to accommodate undergraduate and graduate students of many faiths. In an article for U.S. News & World Report, University Chaplain Gary Brower talked about the efforts DU has made toward that end. The University’s religious accommodation policy grants students excused absences from class to observe religious holy days. Brower also notes that the school handles many requests on a case-by-case basis. “For example, if a student from a particular Buddhist sect needs to be able to burn incense and/or light candles – the latter, at least, forbidden in our residence halls – we either might release them from their housing contract or find another building where they may practice, as needed,” he says.

Nancy Leong, professor at the Sturm College of Law, talked with CBS News about the lingering cultural effect of the verdict in Taylor Swift’s sexual assault case. Radio DJ David Mueller was found guilty by a federal jury of assault and battery against Swift in August of 2017. "We are getting to the point in society that women are believed in court. For many decades and centuries, that was not the case,” Leong says. She adds, "The fact that she was believed will allow women to understand that they will not automatically be disbelieved, and I think that's a good thing,"


KCNC reported last week on the possible involvement of a cult in the murder of two young girls in the western town of Norwood. Experts are looking into how the cult operated and what role it played in the death of the girls. Carl Raschke, professor of religious studies, provides context for how something like this might have happened. “Most cults, according to the actual sociological definition of a cult, tend to form around the inspiration or the charismatic influence of a particular leader,” he says. In this case, “[The leader] didn’t threaten people physically, she threatened them metaphysically or supernaturally.”