Larry Bolles, director of NIU's Judicial Office, commented that last year about seven students came to him convinced that The Boston Church of Christ was a cult.
The students explained that there was a process of stages to go through in order to become part of the church.
It was when these students reached the final stage that they clearly believed the church was a cult and refused to complete the process.
said that although this information is unsettling, there is no concrete evidence that the church is a cult as no students documented formal complaints, not let the Judicial Office use their names.
noted another hindrance to taking judicial action since students did everything within the church voluntarily.
Judicial Office, during a routine study on the church, was given advice from Chicago State University
should undoubtedly be concerned about the Boston Church of Christ
said Chicago State University
was very cautious about what they said, but made it clear that NIU
should monitor the actions of the church very carefully.
was not aware of any investigation of The Boston Church of Christ
, and that he
wasn't sure if NIU
could legally start an investigation.
"We (NIU's Judicial Office) would have to be convinced of a threat to students, because if church members ask what the threat is, we have to articulate what the threat is," Bolles