F. Non-Discrimination Policy for Student Organizations

  1. Student Organizations are required to acknowledge that it is the policy of the University of Arkansas
    1. To prohibit discrimination on the basis of age, disability, ethnic origin, marital status, race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation, or any other grounds prohibited by federal or state law or University policy.
    2. To promote equal opportunity for all students as valued members of the University community and to support affirmative steps to accomplish that objective
  2. No student may be excluded from membership or leadership in a registered student organization on the basis of his or her age, disability, ethnic origin, marital status, race, gender (unless exempt under Title IX), religion, or sexual orientation or as otherwise prohibited by federal or state law or University policy.,
    1. This policy will be administered in a manner consistent with U.S. law and the First Amendment rights of student organizations.
      1. Certain groups, such as social fraternities and sororities, governing organizations in single-sex residence halls, and other organizations specifically exempted from Title IX of The Education Amendments of 1972, are permitted to exclude men or women.
      2. Registered student organizations may limit their membership and leadership to students who, upon individual inquiry, affirm that they support the organizations religious, political, or other legally protected views, consistent with the First Amendment.
    2. All University funded events of any RSO must be open to all students regardless of age, disability, ethnic origin, marital status, race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation. This includes events funded through university departments or student activity fees including, but not limited to the Student Activities Fee.
    3. Failure to adhere to this policy may result in disciplinary action and may lead to suspension or termination of the organization’s recognition by the university and/or loss of University benefits.
  3. University sponsored student groups. University policies prohibiting discrimination also apply to University-sponsored groups such as choral groups, bands, and cheerleading squads.
  4. Communication of the Policy
    1. The Non-Discrimination Policy for Student Organizations or groups shall be published annually in the Code of Student Life.
    2. All official University publications shall carry the statement that “The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.”
  5. Implementation
    1. Each student organization or group is responsible for taking appropriate steps to comply with the Non-Discrimination Policy for Student Organizations. Organizations that desire to affiliate with the University, use the University name or facilities, or receive support and assistance from the University staff or faculty shall register and sign an acknowledgement of the Non-Discrimination Policy for Student Organizations.
  6. An individual having a complaint, grievance, or questions concerning selection, conditions of membership, or treatment by an organization or groups shall take the matter to the University’s Office of Equal Opportunity and Compliance. The Director of Equal Opportunity and Compliance or designee shall review the matter and forward a recommendation for appropriate action to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.