Gonzaga reviewing ruling against Knights of Columbus group

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by SHAWN CHITNIS & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on April 9, 2013 at 6:38 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 9 at 6:41 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Gonzaga University is reviewing its decision not to recognize the Knights of Columbus as a student group over discrimination concerns.

Administration is not commenting on the review besides this statement:

"Gonzaga honors and respects the purpose and good works of the Knights of Columbus, with which it has a long tradition and mutual collaboration at both local and state levels."

The University won't say why it wasn't recognized but national media reports say the group's focus on catholic and male only membership might be the reason.

Student Chandler Jensen-Cody sees a point to holding student groups to a more inclusive policy, but thinks the University might be overlooking the mission of the men's organization.

"The Knights of Columbus are a service based organization not a religious based organization so it should be available to those dedicated in the community," said Jensen-Cody.

The statement the University released also said it would take 30 to 45 days to complete its review of the decision.

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