was quick to add that it may be necessary to receive more information
about the Catholic group’s activities "before funding that may be
provisionally approved can actually be released," reported the Madison
The funding was approved by student leaders earlier this year. His decision now goes to the Board of Regents for final approval.
Wiley argued in
a memo last month to student leaders that fees could not be used to
support religious activities without violating the constitution. The
Catholic group had threatened to sue if funding was rejected.
In a recent
memo, Wiley also wrote that he stood behind the principle that student
organizations based off campus, like the Catholic foundation, are not
eligible for rent or maintenance subsidies.
But the Madison
Capital Times reported that he now says he is granting a one-year
exemption to all organizations, and will ask the Board of Regents to
clarify the issue.
John Wiley of the University of Wisconsin-Madison has changed his mind
about directing student fees to religious organizations, saying Tuesday
that he “provisionally” approved of directing $145,000 to the UW Roman