Schoolhouse Beat

Religious-themed student housing raising constitutional questions

Troy University in Troy, Ala., has opened the Newman Center residence hall, a 376-bed facility that caters to students who want a residential experience infused with religion. The New York Times reports that the new student housing is among a wave of religious-themed housing on the nation's campuses that constitutional scholars and others say is pushing the boundaries of how much a public university can back religion. Troy officials say the dorm meets a growing demand and did not conflict with the Constitution.

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