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University System Discontinues Bible Courses

July 23, 1987

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) _ University of Texas campuses will drop any official connection with Bible courses taught by instructors who are selected or paid by religious groups.

The change stems from a legal opinion Attorney General Jim Mattox issued last May, and UT presidents were notified of the policy this week, said James Duncan, executive vice chancellor for academic affairs.

The Bible courses were being offered at campuses in Austin, Arlington and El Paso. Now, transfer credit will be limited to religious studies courses offered by accredited institutions, Duncan said.

Under procedures dating to 1919, UT-Austin has offered credit for courses taught by instructors who hold Bible chairs affiliated with the Biblical Studies Association, an off-campus, interdenominational group.

The teachers are paid by BSA. About 250 students participated in the courses last year.

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