SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Some religious students are asking Sacramento State to open a prayer room for all denominations, but although university officials are supportive of the idea, they say tight resources may not allow them to move forward with the concept soon.
The Muslim Student Association said a number of students have been forced to choose creative locations to pray five times a day. While it can be uncomfortable to kneel on grass or sidewalks after a storm, safety has emerged as a bigger concern.
“I’ve heard of kids praying in the parking structures,” said Aida Sellmic.
Other colleges, including UC Berkeley, Georgetown University, University of Portland and Trinity College all offer prayer rooms for all religious students, and Sacramento State officials said they are open to the idea.
“Obviously, the biggest hurdle is resources and the space,” said spokesperson Kim Nava.
California State University trustees approved a 9 percent tuition hike during a tumultuous meeting Wednesday, and the Legislative Analyst’s Office warned that $2 billion in spending cuts to schools and state services will automatically be triggered at the first of the year.
Sacramento State officials said they plan to speak with UC Berkeley officials this week to discuss ways to implement the prayer room.