Gonzaga University President Thayne McCulloh
University has released
a statement in response to inquiries about the Office of Student Life’s decision
to deny the campus Knights of Columbus group recognition as a student club:
Gonzaga University’s Student Life division recently issued a
decision that it could not recognize a proposed Knights of Columbus student
club under its current club recognition process. The University is concerned
that all of the factors involved in this decision have not been represented in
their entirety, and thus may be misunderstood.
Gonzaga University President Thayne McCulloh states that
Gonzaga honors and respects the purpose and good works of the Knights of
Columbus, with which it has a long tradition and mutual collaboration at both
local and state levels. The Knights of Columbus College Council (#12583) is
already present within the student body and receives support from the
administration. Gonzaga University’s core Catholic and Jesuit identity recognizes,
encourages and supports many student organizations that advance faith-related
issues (for example, Gonzaga Right to Life, and the Blessed John Paul II
President McCulloh has received a request from the sponsoring
student to review the decision regarding the recognition of the organization as
a student club, and has decided to undertake this review. The review is
expected to take 30-45 days.
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