Student organizations slammed with suspensions

November 15th, 2012

As the semester is drawing to a close, student organizations are busier than ever. Typically around this time of year, most organizations are wrapping up their semesters with annual events and activities. But this year, many organizations are strictly focused on getting back in good standing with the University after being suspended. Eighteen John Carroll University organizations are currently halting their plans until December, when they can petition to become a recognized organization through the University again.

The organizations were suspended because they failed to update their new LoboLink profiles. LoboLink is a resource web page that allows interested students to gather information about a particular club or organization on campus. LoboLink replaced the previously used website, OrgSync.

In previous years, all student organizations were required to update the information on their OrgSync profile in order to be considered an active organization through the Student Union. Organization presidents were instructed to do the same this year, using LoboLink instead. Each organization was required to create a profile that included all current information, as well as their constitution and roster. Every organization’s president was required to create their profile for the 2012-2013 academic year by Nov. 2.

Jocelyn Toney, the president of the Greek organization Chi Omega, said that she was notified to complete her profile a few weeks ago. “I knew right away that LoboLink was important and that I needed to figure it out. I had some questions, and Student Activities was very helpful in guiding me in my completion of the document,” she said.

All presidents were made aware that if their profiles were not updated in time, their organization would be suspended and considered inactive through the University.

Because they neglected to update their LoboLink profiles on time, 18 organizations were suspended and are not currently recognized by the University.

One organization that has been subject to suspension for this reason is Seeds of Hope. The group’s incoming president, junior Lauren McPherson, said, “I think LoboLink made it confusing for all organizations, which explains why Seeds of Hope is among those clubs that are suspended. It’s a concern for our organization, but with the unfailing help of [Student Union vice president for student organizations] Bill Cook, it’s being taken care of.”

Another organization that was suspended is the sorority Kappa Alpha Theta. Its president, Colleen Gallagher, declined comment.

Other suspended organizations include the Anime Club, the Cardio and Cross Training Club, the Carroll Bioethics Society, European Union Simulation and the Latin American Student Association.

Lisa Ramsey, director of student activities, explained that these suspensions have varying consequences for every group, and affect each organization differently. “Suspended groups lose the privilege to reserve facilities on campus, post or publicize for their organization, request a van and request funding from SOBB (Student Organization Budget Board),” she said. Since all organizations are run differently, these consequences have different effects on each group. In order to return to active status, each organization must submit a letter of intent to Cook. They must also complete their profile on LoboLink in order to regain their privileges.

Although 18 organizations were suspended, the majority updated their profiles in time to remain in good standing.  Matthew Lowe, president of the Arrupe Scholar program, is one of many who met this deadline.  “I updated Arrupe’s LoboLink profile because I have faculty advisors that reminded me numerous times to do so,” said Lowe. “I’m glad I did it on time so I didn’t have to suffer the consequences. I knew the organizations would be suspended, but I didn’t expect the consequences of their suspension to be so serious.”