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171st Convention Resolution

171st Psi Upsilon Resolution on Amherst College's decision to ban Fraternities


Mark D. Bauer, Omega '83 and Robert McIntire, Omicron '68 presented the following resolution, which passed unanimously:


Special Resolution #21

Whereas:        The Gamma Chapter of Psi Upsilon Fraternity is one of Psi Upsilon’s oldest chapters and has been a distinguished part of our fraternity since 1841, twenty years after the founding of Amherst College; and


Whereas:        It is difficult to assess the full impact of the Gamma of Psi Upsilon where alumni such as Herbert L. Bridgman, Gamma 1866, served as Executive Council president for 41 years, and Henry B. Poor, Gamma '39, who served as chief executive of Psi Upsilon Fraternity and Foundation for seventeen years, have defined and promoted the very nature and soul of our fraternity; and


Whereas:        Amherst College, one of the most prestigious colleges in North America, was founded to “give light to the world,” and is dedicated to promoting “principled lives of consequence," “diversity of experience and ideas,” and “intellectual freedom” of the highest standards, and


Whereas:        Notwithstanding its purported commitment to inclusiveness and diversity, Amherst College has unwisely decided that it alone shall determine permissible social relationships between its students by its recent ban of “fraternity-like organizations” on or off campus and may discipline any individual who belongs to a fraternity without regard to the academic accomplishment, integrity or personal qualities of the student or the beneficent purposes or accomplishments of the student’s fraternity; therefore be it,


Resolved:        That Psi Upsilon Fraternity, in Convention assembled, finds that such a policy is grossly inconsistent with long-standing traditions of academic freedom and freedom of association established by the founders of Amherst College, the Massachusetts forebears of the founders of Amherst College, and the Founding Fathers of the United States of America; and be it further


Resolved:        That Psi Upsilon Fraternity shall always treasure, respect and hold dear the invaluable and defining contributions the Gamma chapter has made to the international identity of our entire organization; and be it further


Resolved:        That Psi Upsilon Fraternity pledges its fidelity to the alumni of the Gamma Corporation of Psi Upsilon and will morally support the decision of its alumni with regard to the continued viability of our undergraduate chapter at Amherst; and be it further


Resolved:        That Psi Upsilon Fraternity, in Convention assembled, strongly urges the trustees of Amherst College to carefully reconsider its hostility toward fraternities as discriminatory, unenlightened, and inconsistent with the high purposes and principles to which the College aspires, by prescribing which friendships and relationships are permissible; and be it further


Resolved:        That the 171st Convention directs the Executive Council to communicate this resolution to the trustees of the Gamma Corporation with permission to share this with the trustees and administration of Amherst College as the Gamma Corporation deems appropriate.

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