Administrative policy regarding discrimination by organizations based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or identity as a disabled veteran or veteran of the Vietnam era
(A) Policy. Every student organization registered and approved by the university is expected to be free to select its membership upon the basis of individual merit. Any student organization selecting its membership upon the basis of restrictive clauses dealing with race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or identity as a disabled veteran or veteran of the Vietnam era will be considered to be operating in conflict with university policy.
(B) Procedure. Every registered student organization must submit a copy of its constitution, local and national, and bylaws or other satisfactory information governing its operation to the appropriate university official. The university will accept in good faith the provisions of such constitutions and bylaws, indicating that the local organization is free to select members upon the basis of individual merit and that membership in the local organization is not governed by restrictive clauses which deal with race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or identity as a disabled veteran or veteran of the Vietnam era.
(C) Violation of rule or procedure. Should a student organization be in conflict with university policy in the selection of its members, the group will be asked to submit evidence that action has been or is being taken to remove such restrictive membership provision; such as a request for a waiver of the restriction from the national organization. A reasonable period of time as determined by the office of campus life may be granted to remove the restrictive provisions. Continued restriction of membership by constitutional requirements or other binding enactment contrary to university policy will result in withdrawal of university registration of the student organization. This policy does not apply to membership practices which are exempt under state or federal law and regulations.
Effective: March 1, 2015
Prior Effective Dates: 11/4/1977, 7/10/1985, 8/16/1991, 5/24/1995, 6/1/2007