Members of University of Wisconsin’s student government unanimously voted to grant Badger Catholic eligibility for student segregated fees in their Monday meeting.
In a vote of 12-0, the Associated Students of Madison’s Student Service Finance Committee concluded Badger Catholic met all eligibility criteria to receive General Student Services Funding.
SSFC Vice Chair Ian Malmstadt said Badger Catholic, a religious student organization which looks to connect students through faith, reaches the majority of the student body with direct services for the student population.
Badger Catholic President Sean McNally said a broad perspective of world religions is an “essential part of the liberal arts education promoted by the university,” and added he would like to see improvements in religious engagement on campus.
In addition to approving funding for Badger Catholic, SSFC voted to maintain the same minimal funding level as last year at $10,600. SSFC Chair David Vines said ASM can vote to minimally fund a student organization if it believes a group has changed substantially since their eligibility hearing or has violated ASM criteria.
SSFC chose to minimally fund the Multicultural Student Coalition last year. After denying their funding eligibility for the 2014-15 fiscal year, Vines said he met with the organization to discuss their appeal. Due to an inconsistency with the SSFC bylaws and miscommunication between the organization and committee, MCSC has been granted approval to submit an internal appeal within five days.
If MCSC chooses to submit the internal appeal, ASM will hear an internal appeal in about two weeks.