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New Protection for Pagans in West Virginia

An A.P. story on the New York Times website and one on Google Groups reported that a new policy at Marshall University in West Virginia allows pagans to miss class for religious holidays.

Some students took advantage of the new policy on Thursday, which was Samhain, a pagan and Wiccan holiday that honors the dead.

The decision was an extension of existing policy toward other religious groups, said Steve Hensley, the dean of student affairs at Marshall.

"It was really just a matter of looking into it, and deciding what was the right thing,? Hensley said.

Paganism experts said they are not aware of any other university with such a policy, but there are some universities wth blanket policies allowing students to miss class for any religious holiday.