Cal Poly Republicans petition against CSU club policy
November 4, 2013
The Cal Poly College Republicans are petitioning to reverse a California State University system policy that mandates open enrollment in campus clubs. [Mustang News]
In 2011, former CSU Chancellor Charles Reed issued Executive Order 1068, requiring membership in university-affiliated clubs to be open to everyone, with the exception of sex discrimination in fraternities, sororities and other living groups.
“The crux of the open membership requirement is that all leadership and membership positions in every club have to be open to any student,” said College Republicans President Nate Honeycutt. “In my opinion, that really defeats the purpose of a club.”
The College Republicans are currently requiring Republican registration to gain membership into its club.
In addition to launching a petition to overturn the policy, Honeycutt authored a letter to Cal Poly and Associated Students, Inc. officials stating the Republican club’s opposition to the executive order.
“We would welcome any students to come to our meetings and hear what we’re about,” he said. “But, with an open membership requirement we aren’t able to protect our club and the mission and values we embody.”
About 10 years ago, a group of liberal students joined the College Republicans and created a voting block that negated the conservative stances of other members, Honeycutt said.
Cal Poly Vice President of Student Affairs Keith Humphrey said the university is recognizing the petition, but it does not have the authority to override the executive order.
“The current petition being circulated by the College Republicans at Cal Poly will be treated fairly and welcomed as all other student expressions of free speech,” Humphrey said.