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organizations, Posadas said. However, there was no evidence that that occurred.
After a year-long discussion, Posadas, associate Director Gil Castillo and Tyler Archer, assistant coordinator of student leadership and activities, decided to reinstate the old requirements and presented their decision at the adviser luncheon Aug. 22.
For some students, such as William Brent Chandler, 23-year-old network administrative sophomore and president of the Gay and Lesbian Association, the fact that student life has changed the requirements concerns him greatly.
“I don’t believe that student life has a say in what our minimum requirements are for our organizations, as we are the presidents of the organizations and know what our individual needs are,” Chandler said.
The Presidents Round Table voted Oct. 25 on a 2.0 GPA for all members, including officers, a minimum of five members to convene and a minimum of three credit hours to allow students to participate.
Chandler’s argument for allowing students who take one class to be able to participate is that they pay into the student activity fee, which helps fund clubs, organizations and student activities.
“If you’re paying that fee and you’re not allowed to participate in the club, then you should not pay the fee,” Chandler said.
Requiring students to take six semester hours is so they make progress toward a degree instead of just having fun, Posadas said.
The idea of student life is to support the academics not compete with them, Posadas said. “If we’re not setting up guidelines that encourage students to do well and to keep taking classes, then we’re not helping.”
The 10 members rule is so that clubs will still have members to work with in case they lose some, Posadas said.
The office understands that members will fluctuate throughout the year, but if a group starts with five and drops to two or three, then that is no longer a club; it’s two or three people hanging out, Posadas said.
Also the purpose of having at least 10 students is so that organizations can be competitive when asking for funds from the Student Activity Fee Committee, he said.
Another issue for Chandler was the rule that clubs could have no more than three advisers. Clubs such as Phi Theta Kappa and the Association of Information Technology Professionals need more than one adviser because they are such large groups, Chandler said.
Posadas agreed with that and said the adviser rule was very old so he overturned it.
“That was something that was overlooked that we should have been more careful about,” Posadas said. Now clubs can have as many advisers as they need.
On Nov. 9, Chandler, presidents from other organizations, and a few faculty advisers met with Posadas, Archer and Castillo to discuss changing the minimum requirements. Posadas said the only issue that was resolved was allowing more than three club advisers in an organization.
Now Chandler and the other presidents plan to approach President Robert Zeigler, independent from Posadas and the office of student life, to discuss their issues but have nor scheduled an appointment.
Connection Club President Nathan Kinsey has offered to write a petition for all the club presidents to sign. Once that is done, they will go to Zeigler, Chandler said.