Late to the game?

November 15th, 2012

The Office of Student Activities suspended 18 student organizations for failing to update their online profiles on LoboLink by the Nov. 2 deadline. LoboLink, which is a website that lists information about the various John Carroll University student organizations, replaces OrgSync.

The actions of the OSA have greatly affected the activities of the suspended organizations. Although it is the student leaders’ responsibility to fulfill the given requirements, the punishment handed down to these organizations is unfair and excessive.

The organizations affected, including Rhapsody Blue, Kappa Alpha Theta and Seeds of Hope, may not apply for reinstatement until December, provided that they submit a letter of intent to Student Union’s vice president for student organizations and complete their LoboLink profile.

Suspended organizations have also been banned from reserving rooms on campus, holding events and requesting vans or funds from the Student Organizations Budget Board. They also cannot advertise or post announcements.

If they want to continue attracting members, scheduling programming and participating in a vibrant campus environment, organizations need to meet the deadline.

The Office of Student Activities, which administrates LoboLink, needed to more clearly advertise both the deadline and consequences for failure to meet it. Student organization leaders may not have realized that the repercussions for failing to update their LoboLink profiles were so severe. In addition, students may need more education on how to use the new website. As several presidents have expressed, they would have corrected the issues with their profiles had they known what the problems were.

Suspension of student organizations does not make for a lively and diverse campus community. Students and administrators can both do their part to make sure this doesn’t impact students in the future.