The first LGBT coordinator position, which is new this semester, is allocated a $1,500 stipend. Members of several LGBT groups asked for a second $1,500 stipend to create a second position.
The students whose request was denied said they were upset by the decision. "(Congress is) an extraordinarily irresponsible group," said Fred Hashagen, the current LGBT coordinator.
"They didn't let us respond to the concerns we could have responded to very easily."
Glenn Grossman, Carolina Alternative Meetings of Professional and Graduate Students chairman, said that a second coordinator is desperately needed because Hashagen has been overworked all semester.
"Five to 10 hours a week is what Student Congress gave us money for (last semester), and there are some weeks when (Fred's) working 30 hours or more," said Grossman.
"So he's already maxed out, and we really need more support."
Grossman and Hashagen said a second coordinator is needed to address the safety concerns of the LGBT community because of two recent murders in Durham that involved allegedly gay victims.
"Basically what we're looking for is someone else to devote their time specifically to a response to the murders in Durham," Hashagen said.
No Congress members were available for comment Tuesday night.