SUBJECT: Student Organization Recognition Policy
DESCRIPTION: The current student organization recognition policy does not recognize an exemption to the University's Equal Opportunity Policy for faith-based student organizations. Following a review of the policy, the administration has developed a proposal to amend the current policy to permit faith-based student organizations to require voting members and leaders to specific religious tenets.
The proposed revision of the student organization recognition policy is below. That which is new is underlined; that which is to be removed is interlineated.
The O organizations must comply with the University's EEO policy and applicable
federal, state and local laws in all their activities, subject to the following two exceptions: (1)
social fraternities and sororities exempt under Title IX of the Education Amendments of
1972; and (2) organizations formed to foster or affirm the sincerely held religious beliefs of
their members, which may discriminate on the basis of religion in selecting their voting
members and leaders. Organizations qualifying for one of these limited exceptions must
comply with the University's EEO policy in all other respects." Exempt groups may not
discriminate on any basis other than gender. Examples of exempt organizations are National
Fraternal organizations. Organizations may establish other membership and academic
elgibility requirements for their respective groups."
FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS: None
RECOMMENDATION: President Farley recommends the proposed amendment to the Student Organization Recognition Policy be approved.
(date) Jerry B. Farley, President