The 1998 Maryland General
Assembly passed a resolution (HJ 22) mandating the creation of a "Task Force to Study
the Effects of Cult Activities on Public Senior Higher Education Institutions."
resolution stipulates that the Task Force shall be composed of: two members of the House
of Delegates; two members of the Maryland Senate; the Chancellor of the University System
of Maryland; the respective presidents of the University of Maryland/College Park, St.
Marys College, and Morgan State University; a member of the Board of Regents; a
member of the Maryland Higher Education Commission; two parents of current or former cult
members; two parents representing parents associations; and two student government
The University System office which is to provide staffing for the Task
Force reports that substantial progress has been made in completing the
appointments to the Task Force and in scheduling their first meeting, anticipated to be
The resolution requires that the Task Force "shall communicate with and
obtain information from cult awareness organizations, former cult members, college
administrators, campus security personnel, campus ministers, families of cult members, and
other interested parties." The range of information gathered is to include the extent
of cult activities on Maryland public campuses, the effect of such involvement on
students, and the response of college administrators in Maryland and around the nation.
The Task Force is to issue a report of its findings and recommendations to the
Governor and General Assembly by September 30, 1999.
If you have any knowledge about activities of destructive groups on Maryland
campuses, or are otherwise interested in the work of the Maryland Task Force, please contact AFF.