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University of Dallas Student Government and Administration: Deny Recognition to ADG

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Dear University of Dallas Student Government and Administration,
We, the undersigned UD alumni, urge you to deny recognition of Alpha Delta Gamma as a University sponsored club/organization.

The fraternity (henceforth referred to as ADG) applied for recognition one year ago, in the fall of 2012, through a long process of Student Government oversight designed to make the decision in accord with the will and opinions of the student body and other relevant parties (i.e. alumni, faculty, and staff). After a collection of survey data (which is available through the University of Dallas OrgSync portal), the Student Government Fraternity Investigatory Committee (henceforth referred to as FIC) drafted a report (also similarly available), which showed that approximately 60% of the Student Body as a whole and about 60% of each individual graduating class in particular did not want ADG to be approved. The Student Government Senate then voted to deny recognition to ADG, and the motion was successful.

The survey of the student body was also understood as a referendum on Greek Life in general; the FIC worked to provide several open forum events where ADG was able to present their case before the students, such that students could respond to the survey in an informed way. While we understand that the Student Government decision was in response to the particular application of ADG, their re-application (about one full year after their first application was denied) shows a disrespect for the opinion of the student body, some of whom have since graduated and become alumni.

With this in mind, we the undersigned alumni urge both Student Government and the proper University Administration and offices to deny this request for recognition. The discussion on the merits of ADG and Greek Life was had last year, and the time lapsed has not led to change in opinion in those most involved: students, alumni, faculty, and staff. Thus, a change leading to University recognition of ADG would not be welcome, and we would thus be uncomfortable supporting the University in light of this decision.

While we recognize that there is a valid place for change and growth within the University, this re-application has come so quickly that we do not believe there has been substantive change within the organization worthy of a reappraisal of the merits of their case. Rather, it should be considered as a long term question to be resolved after a long passage of time, rather than a continuous questioning and reevaluating of the opinions and beliefs of the student body.

We, the undersigned, alumni of the University of Dallas.

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