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York University standing by choice to excuse student from group work with women over religious beliefs
by Tristin Hopper
York University appears to be standing by its controversial decision to permit a student to be excused from a group project because the presence of women interfered with his "firm religious beliefs."
In a statement Thursday by provost Rhonda Lenton, the university affirmed its commitment to "gender equity, inclusivity and diversity," but did not retract an October order authorizing the much-criticized "religious accommodation."
The statement comes one day after York University sociology professor J. Paul Grayson went public with documents showing that university brass had backed a request from one of his students to be separated from female classmates for religious reasons.
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