“Marquette University students are free to ‘evangelize’ on campus, but may not ‘proselytize.’
The restriction is part of the Catholic university’s Religious Activities Policy, which is intended to serve as a rule book for religious organizations on campus, but also operates as a sort of pledge to the school community.
‘The university welcomes in its midst students of varying religious backgrounds and persuasions, respects the individual religious commitments of students, and in no case attempts to proselytize them through its programs or sponsored activities,’ the school explains. ‘Similarly, the university does not allow any other individual or organization internal or external to the university to proselytize its members using facilities, programs, or activities controlled by the university.’
Merriam-Webster defines ‘proselytize’ as ‘to induce someone to convert to one’s faith.’…
Notably, the school also outlines four ‘additional activities’ that may be classified as ‘indicators of proselytizing’ on campus.
These broad indicators include ‘unjust or uncharitable references to others’ beliefs and practices,’ ‘comparing faith traditions by emphasizing only the achievements and ideals of one, and the weaknesses and practical problems of the other,’ ‘using advertising or promotional techniques that might bring undue pressure on persons,’ and ‘ignoring the religious realities and identities of other faith traditions.’…
The policy goes on to explain that students who are attending a religious event should have prior knowledge of who sponsored it and the nature of the event. Likewise, the organizers of the event must not directly or indirectly pressure attendees to ‘engage in scripture study, worship, discussion, or faith sharing.'”