Yes, I know you have been wondering what ever happened with starting a Ratio Christi student organization at the University of Charleston. Well, here is what has taken place up to this point.

I have contacted the leaders of two campus ministries at the school and have not received a response from either. I also contacted two parents, one with a son on the baseball team and the other with a daughter on the softball team. The parent with the son stated "Probably not going to be able to do this..._____ is an athlete for the university, and therefore a representative, and we definitely do not want any kind of controversy tied to him." I am not sure what controversy he was referring, but needless to say his position is obvious. The mother of the girl on the softball team initially seemed very excited. She stated, "I am sure she would be interested and I know she has five close friends I can think of now that go to church and would be interested." And added, ".we had just talked about this over the break.  So it's a prayer answered.  Thank you:). And God bless." I have attempted contact with her and have not gotten any further response. Again, not sure what happened. I, along with numerous friends and family, have been blocked on twitter to both the President of the university and the university accounts. 

On the bright side I have been contacted by the Dean of Students, Mordecai Brownlee. The following is our exchange of emails:

Good afternoon Mr. Mays –

Your request regarding the establishment of a Ratio Christi Chapter at the University of Charleston was just brought to my attention this morning. Please know that we will be reviewing your request, as well as the reason your initial chapter request was denied.

You can expect to receive an update from me the later part of next week.

Thank you for your patience, and feel free to call me if needed.

Dr. Mordecai I. Brownlee
Dean of Students
Office of Student Leadership & Engagement
University of Charleston

My response:

Thank you for your quick response. I am currently speaking with parents of students, some softball girls and baseball guys, along with others. All are very excited about this opportunity.

John A Mays
Ratio Christi, Chapter Director

And his reply:

Good afternoon Mr. Mays –

I have had an opportunity to review your inquiry regarding the chapter establishment of Ratio Christi at the University of Charleston. First of all, an apology is certainly due. The University has an established protocol as to how we consider the adoption of new student organizations, and rather than providing you an determination, our protocol should have been shared with you. So, please except my apology in that regard.

As for our protocol, the University of Charleston supports to application of ALL student organizations for consideration. Please encourage the students who have expressed interest in starting a Ratio Christi chapter to meet directly with Ms. Sarah Campfield to further discuss the process for consideration. At that time, Ms. Campfield will share our institutional guidelines regarding the organizational application for acceptance.

Some of which includes:

-          Five (5) currently enrolled students of the University to serve as founding members.
-          An University faculty/staff member to serve the organization’s sponsor, etc.

Part of our protocol is that organizations not affiliated with the University are not permitted to advertise or solicit student interest of their organization on campus. However, once an organization has been approved third party organizations are permitted to assist the student organization, through the approval of their institutional sponsor.

I certainly hope that my response provides you with some much needed clarity, and please feel free to contact me for any future questions you may have.

Again, we look forward to hearing from those student interested in carrying this initiative forward.

Take care.

Dr. Mordecai I. Brownlee
Dean of Students
Office of Student Leadership & Engagement
University of Charleston

And again my response:

Dr. Brownlee,

Thank you for your response and apology. I am replying for clarification. You state students must initiate the establishment of new student organizations. And that outside third parties may not solicit students to do so. The clarification I am attempting would seem to be fairly simple. Did BCM, FCA, the Islam and Catholic organizations, not to mention the rest of the student organizations on campus, all begin without some type of adult leadership, or third party solicitation of students? In my experience BCM and FCA start organizations in a similar manner in which I am attempting to do.

I would like to have permission to set up a table in a common area on campus for students to decide if they would like to be a part of Ratio Christi. One of the students that is interested plays on the softball team, and according to her mother, would very much like an organization that teaches the Truth of Christianity on campus. But she is a student. Student priorities, in my experience, are not focused on starting organizations, but are consumers.

Basically, most, if not all, student organization began as third parties. I am asking for the same opportunity.



John A Mays
Ratio Christi, Chapter Director

One more from Dr. Brownlee, I promise:

Good afternoon Mr. Mays –

Thank you for your question of clarity. The University of Charleston has a campus culture in which we encourage our students to be leaders themselves, and agents of influence and change. Consequently, our policies are a reflection of that.

All student organization, no matter who they are or what they are begin first with our students as the driving force and then the process begins from there. You are absolutely correct, the student organization you listed in your previous email does have third party affiliations, however those affiliations are a reflection of our students following our processes.

So, Mr. Mays please rest assure – Ratio Christi will not be treated any different in consideration from any other student organization that has applied and who have successfully been permitted to establish here at the University of Charleston.

I truly and honestly wish I would have been a part of your initial conversations with the University regarding Ratio Christi, and again I apologize for this information not being shared initially.

Please encourage the softball student-athlete you were referencing to set-up a meeting with Sarah Campfield to begin the process of establishing Ratio Christi at the University of Charleston.

Dr. Mordecai I. Brownlee
Dean of Students
Office of Student Leadership & Engagement
University of Charleston

So that is where we stand. Every organization on the campus of the University of Charleston has been established by students. I only question that based solely on my personal experience. But I must take Dr. Brownlee at his word.

Here is what we need...ONE student, yes one, that has an interest in Defending the Truth of Christianity, apologetics. If we have one student then I am confident he or she can enlist four others. Typically like minded students know each other. We are growing and extremely interested in having the Truth of Christianity shared on every college campus. If you know a student currently enrolled at the University of Charleston, have them contact myself or Ms. Campfield as stated in the emails exchange above.

One would think parents, grandparents, friends, or other family would want the Truth of Christianity shared. Will you be a part of a movement and not just another college ministry?