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Troy University's Religious Dorms Strictly Ban Beer

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Public University Faith Dorm (In this Oct. 1, 2013, photo, Troy University student Jorge Solis cleans up in his room at the Newman Center, a faith-based dormitory on the campus of the school in Troy, Ala. Tucked in rural southeast Alabama, Troy University has opened something that?s a rarity for a public college in the United States: A faith-based dorm community where daily Bible studies are common and beer drinking is strictly forbidden. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)) | AP

TROY, Ala. -- TROY, Ala. (AP) — Tucked in rural southeast Alabama, Troy University has opened something that's a rarity for a public college in the United States: A faith-based dorm community where daily Bible studies are common and beer drinking is strictly forbidden.

Residents live by rules that include a ban on alcohol, mandatory community service work and a minimum grade point average.

In one lobby, a wall is covered with fliers inviting students to Christian worship services and a daily prayer session, and slips of paper with Bible verses sit on the welcome desk.

While private universities with religious affiliation often impose rules in accordance with a particular faith, such living arrangements are rare at public universities, renewing a frequent debate about the separation of church and state.

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