Discrimination from the KSA

Protectores Vitae was initially denied the right to exist as a club on campus by the Kwantlen Student Association (KSA).  This decision was overturned and Protectores Vitae is now an official club on campus.

The following is further information on the case.

Case Timeline

October 12, 2012 Protectores Vitae submits its application for club status.

October 26, 2012 The KSA Executive Committee of Council met.

Kwantlen Student Association (KSA) amends its Club Procedures policy document. The original wording stated:

Article 2. Relationship between Club and the KSA 
1. Clubs are basically autonomous in their activities as long as they adhere to official KSA Rules. Club privileges can be withdrawn if KSA Rules are not adhered to.

The article was expanded to provide a much wider basis for rejecting a club’s application.(The amendments can be found on page 14.)

The minutes report that: “Discussion arose on the motion: -Some executives stated opposition to some proposed activities of the Club; -Possible issues with the Abortion and a Woman’s Right to Choose policy of Council were found; -The Executive Committee does not have the authority to deviate from Council policy.” (Minutes can be found starting on page 8.)

The motion was, as such, deferred to the next meeting.

Shortly thereafter the meeting was moved in camera “for the consideration of legal issues.” (See page 9).

November 9, 2012 The KSA Executive Committee of Council met. The status of Protectores Vitae was listed on the agenda under 5. a. (See Agenda on page 1).  No minutes are available from the KSA website as of Nov. 27, 2012. Minutes have been requested and not yet received.

The Director of External Affairs emails Oliver Capko to inform him: “your application for a club has been rejected. After some consideration, the Executive Committee decided it was against the interests of the Kwantlen Student Association, and it’s Executives, to vote in favor of the creation of a club that is clearly against our own standing policy on Abortion and a Woman’s Right to Choose.” [Correspondence between Protectores Vitae and the KSA can be accessed here.]

November 25, 2012 The JCCF acts on behalf of Protectores Vitae and sends a letter demanding that the KSA cease its illegal discrimination of the pro-life students. (The letter can be accessed here.)

November 27, 2012  The club issues a press release to draw attention to the situation.  The club calls upon the KSA to rescind the decision.

December 3, 2012  When the KSA fails to rescind the decision, the club announces it will pursue court action.  Press release can be found here.

December 5, 2012  The KSA meets.  According to Kwantlen’s student newspaper, The Runner, the KSA reversed its earlier decision during a two-hour in-camera session and granted Protectores Vitae status as a campus club. The specific content of any motions from the meeting was not made available, nor was the record of how the individual board members voted.

Oliver Capko, the president of Protectores Vitae, was contacted later that evening by Christopher Girodat, the Chairperson of the KSA Executive Committee, who informed him of the decision.

December 6, 2012  A press release announces the KSA’s decision.