Statement on the Turning Point USA Club Application from the Associated Student Body Board of Directors

ASB Board of Directors.

On Sept. 1, 2021, an application for a Turning Point USA Club Charter was received by the Associated Student Body Director of Student Relations. Seeking an unbiased result, the Director deferred the decision to the full Associated Student Body Board of Directors. By a 4-3 vote, the ASB Board of Directors denied the TPUSA Club Charter application. 

In order for a club to be approved, the club must fulfill the mission of the ASB, as stated in the ASB Constitution. During the month of September, the ASB Board of Directors sought further information in order to discern whether the proposed club would align with that mission. 

The ASB Board of Directors requested additional information from the applicant about the club and the club’s parent organization to be considered along with the club application. This step was taken to ensure that the applicants were understood clearly and correctly and to enable the Board to make an informed decision.

The board is unanimous in its agreement that a space for civil discussions on current events and conservative beliefs would be beneficial to Point Loma Nazarene University. The application was denied, however, due to the perceived lack of alignment between the TPUSA organization and the Constitution of the Associated Student Body. 

ASB President – Ella Malone
ASB Vice President – Sam Keller
ASB Executive Secretary – Matthew Thornton
ASB Director of Finance – Dalton Ryan
ASB Director of Spiritual Life – Caina Silva
ASB Director of School Spirit – Kurt Parr
ASB Director of Student Relations – Kaitlyn Harris
ASB Director of Activities and Marketing – Tori Dearden

“The purposes of ASB shall be (a) to provide for meaningful, student-sponsored educational, social, cultural, religious, and service opportunities for member students; (b) to foster constructive communication and interaction between the members and the administration and faculty; (c) to foster good relations between ASB members and the university’s surrounding community; (d) to establish rapport with other student associations with similar objectives; and (e) to provide opportunities for members to develop leadership qualities.”