A March decision to decline official club status to a Knights of Columbus college council at Gonzaga University because the group was all male and exclusively Catholic has been reversed by Gonzaga president Thayne McCulloh.
A statement issued from the president’s office Tuesday also said McCulloh has “directed 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.”
The revisions are expected to be in place for the next academic year.
McCulloh “once again affirmed the University’s value, respect and support for the purpose and good works of the Knights of Columbus, with which the University has enjoyed a long and mutually collaborative relationship at the local level,” the statement said.
As a result, Knights of Columbus St. Aloysius Gonzaga Council No. 12583 is “granted permission to utilize the university’s name in its title, fund-raise on campus for the purpose of advancing the Council’s mission and activities, meet in and utilize campus facilities … and to recruit members and participants in membership activities such as the semi-annual Club Fair.”