A small group of Kansas University students have formed a new fraternity on the KU campus for Christian men.
Todd Dorsey, an Overland Park junior, is president of the new Beta Upsilon Chi fraternity, which is recruiting new members. The group has six officers, and has recruited a handful of others, Dorsey said. A meeting scheduled for last week was expected to draw more membership.
Dorsey said that when he came to KU originally, he was looking for a greek-style organization that reflected his Christian values, but found none, until he talked with others who had formed the new fraternity at the University of Arkansas.
The fraternity has no central house, which Dorsey said helped keep it affordable for potential members.
There are rules about alcohol use — abstention for members younger than 21 and officers during their terms. Other fraternity members of legal drinking age may consume alcohol as long as it is not in excess and as long as they aren’t wearing the letters of the fraternity.
In some places, the fraternity has faced opposition from schools. The University of Missouri and the University of Georgia have objected to the group’s discrimination on religious grounds because it only accepted Christian men.
The group has registered only as a student organization, and not with KU’s Interfraternity Council.
Todd Cohen, a KU spokesman, said that the group was in accordance with all of KU’s policies. Though KU student groups have a policy against religious discrimination, Cohen said the fraternity was protected under the Constitution, which provides free association for religious groups, and under Title IX, which exempts fraternities and sororities from its gender discrimination policy.