Agenda Item No. V. B. 7.

Washburn University Board of Regents

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.

"7. The Oorganizations 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."


RECOMMENDATION: President Farley recommends the proposed amendment to the Student Organization Recognition Policy be approved.

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(date) Jerry B. Farley, President

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