Pro-life club granted status:
GUELPH — A pro-life group at the University of Guelph has been granted full club status by the student union.
The decision about accreditation for Life Choice was announced at last night’s Central Student Association board meeting.
Club status was denied to the group last year in response to a number of complaints the CSA received about a life fair the club held in the University Centre last March.
“As we moved farther and farther from the Life Fair, we found the evidence was weaker because of the time gap,” said CSA finance and human resources commissioner Joel Harnest.
After months of controversy, several contentious public meetings and national media attention, the announcement was made quietly.
Life Choice president Cara Benninger was present when the CSA executive gave out a list of campus clubs that would receive status for the coming semester. Life Choice was on that list.
A club with official status can apply for funding from the CSA and is eligible to book meeting spaces and audio-visual equipment.
“A lot of us are relieved it’s over,” Benninger said. “We’re pleased to have club status again without going through what we went through last semester.”
Harnest said a tribunal that was to be struck to deal with the Life Choice matter has now been cancelled. The terms of reference drafted for that tribunal could now be used for any future issues that arise with campus clubs.
“The Life Choice saga was the spark that drew our attention to the holes in our policies, but we’ve taken the necessary steps to repair those,” Harnest said.