White Student Union not affiliated
I am writing to address some of the misconceptions regarding the formation of the White Student Union at Towson University.
From the press and the speaker on campus Tuesday, Oct. 2, I believe the impression has been formed that the University is not allowing this group to form.
We have a process through Student Government and Student Activities whereby students can establish intent to form a group along with criteria for going through the SGA Recognition process.
The process in place includes viewpoint neutral guidelines for recognition based on objective criteria consistently applied to all student requests and based on national best practices.
One of the criteria states that “Active membership of all student organizations shall be chosen without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, age, national origin, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation or gender.”
In addition, the group must have a constitution, a minimum of eight current students interested in being members and a faculty adviser.
To date, the proposed White Student Union has not met the criteria to complete the recognition process.
At Towson, the exchange of ideas is essential to our mission as is our commitment to diversity and non-discrimination.
On occasion, this freedom allows for ideas and statements that may be offensive and hurtful to many and may run against the grain of the values of the University.
I hope this helps to clarify the process that is underway regarding the formation of the White Student Union.