FUSA to allow The Gentlemen's Club to affliate
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FUSA has cited 3 reasons for not allowing the Gentlemen's Club to affiliate
1. Restriction to male students is not inline with the club regulations
2. Restriction to male students is not inline with the Flinders University Equal Opportunity Policy
3. Restriction to male students in not inline with the values represented by Student Council
I would like to address each of these concerns and urge FUSA to reconsider its decision.
Regulation 4.2 of FUSA's Clubs and Academic Association Regulations states the following;
Affiliation at the Non-Financial level grants access to services and resources that are provided through FUSA, however does not grant access to ongoing funding from FUSA. Affiliation at the Non-Financial level is recommended for Clubs that:
(a) Have restrictions on membership numbers; or
(b) Have selective or closed membership;
There is no definition of 'selective or closed membership'. Giving these words their ordinary meaning it reads in a way that would allow gender specific clubs to affiliate. If FUSA disagrees with this definition, what is FUSA's interpretation of 'selective or closed membership'
I could not find anything written in the Flinders University Equal Opportunity Policy that conflicts with the creation of a male only club. The Policy actually supports the concept that equality does not mean treating everyone the same. The policy principles state;
"The University recognises that equal opportunity does not mean treating everyone the same."
Men face unique issues, a useful way to address and deal with these issues is through a men's only space. The Gentlemen's Club seeks to establish such a space on campus.
The Policy also states that the Equal Opportunity Act 1984 (SA) relates to the policy. That Act allows for the creation of gender only clubs;
"This section does mot render unlawful an association established for -
(a) Persons of a particular sex
The majority of students that I have been in contact with either support the idea, or could not care less. It appears to only be a very small vocal minority that actually oppose the idea. It would be a discredit to FUSA to allow such a small minority to influence their values and decisions.
Adelaide has two well established gender based clubs.
The Adelaide Club - Founded 1863
The Queen Adelaide Club - Founded 1909
There is no sensible reason not to allow affiliation.
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