BYU-Idaho disbands student political party clubs

BYU-Idaho disbands student political party clubs. In order to maintain school’s policy of political neutrality, but BYU (Provo) or BYU-Hawaii won’t be following suit. Odd.

“We feel that it is in the best interest of our university to be politically neutral,” Cargal told the Standard Journal of Rexburg. “While we actively encourage our students to be politically active and join political parties of their choice, we feel that BYU-Idaho itself can’t be a sponsor of partisan political groups or activities.”

Carri Jenkins, a spokeswoman for Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, said the university’s main campus is not disbanding its College Republicans or College Democrats student organizations.

“It’s not something that’s under discussion,” Jenkins said.

Michael Johanson, a spokesman at BYU-Hawaii, also said that campus has no plans to dissolve the two groups, either.

Perhaps it club membership was so lopsided towards the Republicans that it gave the impression that more Mormons tend to agree with the GOP (shock!) but is disbanding the clubs the best approach? Still, I doubt students will be at a loss to organize and participate politically.

Calling my Rexburg Democrat for comment.

8 thoughts on “BYU-Idaho disbands student political party clubs

  1. Dan

    See, I was thinking they did this because the Republican party was in decline at BYU-I, and the overlords didn’t want to be embarrassed. ;)

  2. Chris H.

    I think it had a lot to do with the College Republican being a bit obnoxious and over the top. Though, as the faculty advisor to the College Democrats, I might be a bit biased.

    For the most part, the administration is averse to anything political. I think it has more to do with their business orientation than with anything political. We often side with the boring here in Rexburg.

  3. David B

    BYUI is the church’s experimental school, and i wouldn’t be surprised to see some of the things that have been being tried (how’s that for a convoluted conjugation?) at BYUI roll out to BYU and BYUH as time goes on. I don’t think i’m every going to try to get a position there (the area around BYU was too desolate for my tastes, so Southern Idaho is certainly really not my kind of place), but i quite admire the willingness of the school to try new ideas.

  4. Chris H.

    David B,

    Southeast Idaho is not my wife’s kind of place either.

    What do you teach?

    A lot depends on whether these “experiments” are deemed to be successful.

  5. Aaron

    I’m shocked to learn that the Republicans weren’t the only political club on campus. Who was the other club — the Libertarians?

  6. Chris H.

    Aaron,

    The request to have a Libertarian club (or some form of a Libertarian club) was part of the reason that the University decided to get rid of all clubs. Too much of a headache for them.

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