George Mason board adopts resolution to "reaffirm" gay policy
The George Mason University Board of Visitors met today to consider its response to Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's recent letter instructing the university it did not have authority to include protections for gays in itsr nondiscrimination policy.
The visitors met in closed executive session, so we cannot give you a full description of the discussion. However, Dan Walsch, a spokesman for the university, said the school's existing nondiscrimination policy, which included reference to sexual orientation, will remain in place. The visitors also adopted the following resolution designed, Walsch said, to "reaffirm" the existing policy.
RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF VISITORS OF GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY
Whereas, a diverse and inclusive learning environment that respects and enhances the potential of all members of our community is vitally important to the mission of George Mason University to achieve excellence in teaching, research, and service; and
Whereas, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender faculty, students, administrators and staff make outstanding contributions to the accomplishment of the university mission; and
Whereas, the Governor of the Commonwealth has affirmed that discrimination based upon factors such as one's sexual orientation or parental status violates the Equal Protection Clause of the United States Constitution; and
Whereas, all employees and students of the Commonwealth deserve statutory protection against discrimination;
Now, therefore, be it resolved by the Board of Visitors of George Mason University that it remains deeply committed to equal treatment of all persons in their dealings with the university in any and all contexts.
Adopted: March 24, 2010
William Soza, Secretary
Board of Visitors
GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY
March 24, 2010; 7:04 PM ET
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