Dean of the College L. Fred Jewett '57 has agreed to grant Harvard Christians in Action (HCIA) recognition as a student group, pending the group's acceptance of College policies regarding religious student organizations.
Jewett said he will meet with the group's 10 members as soon as possible to make sure they all understand that they cannot proselytize on campus and must remain autonomous from the Boston Church of Christ (BCC).
"If the members are willing to live up to those regulations, then I will give them probationary recognition for the semester," Jewett said in an interview yesterday.
Group founder Michael J. Hrnicek '96 has insisted that the purpose of HCIA is to conduct Bible study sessions. He has fervently maintained that his group is not in any way affiliated with the BCC and its aggressive missionary tactics.
Hrnicek said yesterday that if the 10 students meet with the dean, the members will likely agree to Jewett's stipulations. But Hrnicek added that he will continue to proselytize outside the group's bounds.
Only three of the HCIA students are members of the BCC, according to Hrnicek.
College administrators, most prominently Dean of Student Archie C. Epps III, have questioned HCIA's autonomy from the BCC and have accused the group of proselytizing and harassing students on campus.
Yesterday, Epps said he worries
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