Why would information that may not be asked of a faculty candidate disqualify a student from team captaincies, Rhodes nominations, and leadership of student organizations?
That's not a rhetorical question. Why is asking about a candidate's club memberships prohibited? Perhaps it is Harvard policy not to discriminate against candidates on the basis of organizations they join--in which case our motion does nothing more than afford students the same protection. Or Harvard is bound by some Massachusetts or federal law which codifies the same principle. If anyone knows the rationale for the prohibition, please do share. In any case, this does seem to bear on the hypothetical I posed to the Faculty Council, about how the faculty might feel if the policy applied to them.
It is essential for all members of a search committee to be aware of these guidelines and follow them in both spirit and letter. Avoid any direct or indirect questions that touch on material that may not be asked. This information about an applicant should never be discussed with regard to his or her candidacy for a position.
Inquiry into an applicant’s membership in non-professional organizations (e.g., clubs, lodges, etc.)