E-mail Response from Director of Student Life Thomas Idema, Jr., to YAF President Dennis Lennox II,

Date: Tue, 20 Feb 2007 4:22-0500
From: “Idema Jr, Thomas H” <E-mail address redacted>
Subject: RE: Question – Urgent
To: “Dennis-George Lennox II” < E-mail address redacted >

Hi Dennis,

The RSO manual states the following:

4) Non-discrimination

The RSO agrees to follow and to include in its bylaws or constitution CMU’s Non-Discrimination policy, which states:

“An RSO may not discriminate in its membership criteria or leadership criteria on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, familial status, height, marital status, national origin, political persuasion, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or weight.”

You will notice it mentions membership and political persuasion.  Based on that, I would tell you that you may not require members to be “like-minded” as that opens yourself up to discrimination based on political persuasion.

I know that is not the answer you are looking for, but that is the policy.

I will be out of town for the rest of the week, but let me know if you have other questions.

Thomas Idema
Assistant Director of Student Life
Central Michigan University

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