a Knights of Columbus group student-club status on the grounds that it
discriminated against non-Catholics, Gonzaga University today announced that it
will be recognizing the group as an official student organization. From
the Spokane, Washington Spokesman Review:
sponsorship is granted under the University’s Standards for On-Campus Religious
Activities Policy,” said spokeswoman Mary Joan Hahn.
The KOC can use the university’s name
in its title; raise money on campus to advance its mission and activities; use
campus facilities, including for the purposes of hosting events; and recruit
members and participants in membership activities.
“As with other student organizations,
it is obligated to follow university policies and procedures,” Hahn said.
Gonzaga President Thayne McCulloh began
a review of the policy earlier this month after student activities officials
decided the Knights of Columbus did not qualify for club status since it
excluded women and non-Catholics.
News of the denial spread fast, mostly
through religious periodicals. The Catholic community, including GU alumni and
parents of current students, decried what many called a hypocritical decision.
In addition to overturning the ruling,
McCullough also has told the student activities department to review and update
the Clubs and Organizations Recognition Policy, ”with the goal of more clearly
and explicitly identifying benefits of recognition and criteria for club
eligibility,” Hahn said. “The revisions are expected to be in place in time for
the coming academic year.”