VCU reaffirms non-discrimination policy, despite Cuccinelli opinion
The Board of Visitors at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) have decided to continue the University’s non-discrimination policy, despite an opinion from Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli that it is not backed up by the law.
The move today by VCU effectively keeps everything at status-quo and means that they are prepared to defend the policy in court, despite the Attorney General’s advice. VCU joins a number of other Virginia state institutions that chose to extend their policies despite what Cuccinelli had recommended.
VCU President Michael Rao, who has been on the job for less than a year, spoke to our Rachel DePompa about the school’s decision. His complete, uncut, interview is below:
Here is the VCU policy that was reaffirmed today:
RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF VISITORS AND PRESIDENT OF VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH 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 Virginia Commonwealth University to achieve excellence in teaching, research and service; and
Whereas, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender faculty, students, administrators and staff make important and valued contributions to the advancement of the university’s 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 and President of Virginia Commonwealth University that each remains deeply committed to equal treatment of all persons in their dealings with the university in any and all contexts as such commitment is reflected in the University’s statements and policies pertaining to equal opportunity and nondiscrimination.