Recommended by the Commission on Undergraduate Studies
Approved by University Council: February 4, 1991
Approved by the President: February 4, 1991
The University Council, on recommendation of the Commission for Student Affairs, approved a resolution that adds the phrase "sexual orientation" to the university's non-discrimination statement. This action reflects the university's commitment to nondiscrimination in its admissions and employment practices. The revised statement will appear in the undergraduate and graduate catalogs, in UNIVERSITY POLICIES FOR STUDENT LIFE, and in appropriate materials given to new employees at the time they are hired. Any individual who feels he or she has suffered discrimination for this, or any reason, is urged to contact the Office of Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action.
Following is the text of the resolution as adopted by Council.
WHEREAS the current Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action policy, in compliance with federal and state civil rights legislation, provides protection against employment, admissions, and housing discrimination on the basis of race, national origin, sex, handicap, age, veteran status, religion or political affiliation, and
WHEREAS recent statistics have shown that gay, lesbian, and bisexual students, faculty and staff are the subject of frequent and overt harassment and discrimination at universities nationwide, and
WHEREAS in recognition of the "University of the 21st Century" programs, such discrimination and harassment is not permissible at an institution of higher learning,
LET IT THEREFORE BE RESOLVED that the current Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action policy, which reads:
Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students or applicants on the basis of race, sex, handicap, age, veteran status, national origin, religion, or political affiliation. . .
Be revised to read:
Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students or applicants on the basis of race, sex, handicap, age, veteran status, national origin, religion, political affiliation or sexual orientation.
AND, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that in matters of conflicting jurisdiction with agencies of the United States government that this policy not be binding.
President's Policy Memorandum