Cases & Deals

Collegiate Community Outreach seeks housing exemption allowing female students to reside in an off-campus Christian environment

Clients Collegiate Community Outreach

Jones Day Dallas lawyers are representing a client seeking to permit a group of female students to reside together in a Christian environment off campus but within walking or short commuting distance of the campus in Collegiate Community Outreach v. City of Denton, which is pending in U.S. district court. The City of Denton has decided that Christians and others should not be allowed to live under the same roof in groups larger than four unless they are related. State and federal law requires cities to allow exemptions to zoning laws that impose a substantial hardship on religious exercise unless the government can affirmatively demonstrate a good reason not to allow the exemption. Jones Day has filed the complaint and a motion for preliminary injunction. Richard Salgado and David Schenck are handling this matter.

Collegiate Community Outreach v. City of Denton