A group of students have begun petitioning for provisional recognition of a new true crime society in Trinity.
Six students are currently involved in setting up Dublin University True Crime Society (DUTC). The group began collecting the 200 signatures required to gain official recognition from the Central Societies Committee (CSC) in the Arts Building today.
A post on DUTC’s Instagram page reads: “Upon its establishment, DUTC will provide a haven for staff and students alike who share a common interest in the study of criminology and true crime”.
Adrienne Mesa-Sheehan, the prospective auditor, told Trinity News: “We think it could be a lot of fun, considering there’s no criminology society or degree in Trinity. We want to create a relaxed environment for people who are interested in the genre of true crime to meet each other and participate in discussions and events.”
The prospective society committee hopes to host documentary screenings, murder mystery games, weekly discussions and talks, amongst other events.
The six founding members are also writing the constitution for DUTC, which will set out how the society will operate. According to CSC rules, the constitution and 200 signatures must be sent to the CSC before the end of Michaelmas term. Within the first four weeks of Hilary term a decision will be made regarding whether or not to grant provisional recognition.
Once a society has then been in existence for a year and submitted satisfactory accounts of their income and expenditure, a secretary’s report for the same period, a copy of their constitution and evidence showing that the society has at least 50 fully paid-up members, they will be proposed for full recognition at a CSC AGM. If confirmed, the society will then become a full member of the CSC with voting rights and eligibility for full grants.
Currently, over 120 societies operate in Trinity, as well as more than 50 sports clubs.