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Summary of Committee Report Regarding Gay Straight Alliance

Committee charge:
President Dougherty charged the committee with examining a student proposal for the creation of a gay straight alliance in light of Duquesne’s Spiritan mission and Catholic identity. To read the Statement Sheet click here.

Committee composition:
Faculty, staff, students, administrators, Spiritans.

Committee resources:
The committee reviewed the relevant portions of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the statement of the United States Conference on Catholic Bishops entitled “Always Our Children” and the letter of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith entitled “The Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons.” The committee also reviewed the constitutions of similar organizations at a variety of other Catholic universities. Finally, the committee reviewed the Duquesne University Student Handbook and Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities and Conduct.


  • The establishment of a gay straight alliance is within the mission of Duquesne University and is consistent with the official teaching of the Catholic Church.
  • The group should be accountable to the Executive Director for Mission and Identity.
  • The group should be limited to Duquesne students.
  • The advisor should be selected by the Executive Director for Mission and Identity and should be a staff member.
  • Funding should be comparable to other student groups.
  • Activities and programs shall respect the Spiritan mission and Catholic identity of Duquesne University.
  • The group is prohibited from participating in sponsorship or support of programs that involve public protests, petitions or activities and events that conflict with University policy or that which the Executive Director for Mission and Identity determines to be positions or behavior that is inconsistent with the Spiritan mission and Catholic identity of Duquesne University.
  • The president of the University shall have the final authority to determine whether the group has violated any provision, or whether the group shall continue to be an officially recognized organization.

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