17 December 2010

Purdue Board of Trustees Expands Nondiscrimination Policy

Queer Student Union
Stewart Center Box 642
128 Memorial Mall
West Lafayette, IN 47907
pqsu.org

Contact: Nicholas Goldsmith, President
ngolsmi@purdue.edu

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Purdue Board of Trustees Expands Nondiscrimination Policy

On Friday, December 17th, the Purdue Board of Trustees voted to expand the nondiscrimination policy to include "gender identity and expression" and "genetic information." No votes were cast in opposition of the revision.

With this addition, Purdue joins the majority of its peer institutions and the city of West Lafayette in rejecting discrimination on the basis of "gender identity and expression." The amendment was proposed by Purdue Student Government, who voted unanimously to recommend the change.

The policy will now state, "Purdue University prohibits discrimination against any member of the University community on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or ancestry, genetic information, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, or status as a veteran."

Purdue Queer Student Union President Nicholas Goldsmith, "I am proud to see Purdue move closer to being an inclusive community for all."

Jess Rombach, Purdue Student Government Senator for the Council of Organizations for Respect and Equality and author of the resolution stated, "This is a giant step towards a more welcoming environment, so that all Purdue students can equally enjoy their time at Purdue."

Purdue Student Government took up the issue after the Queer Student Union illuminated the gap in the inclusivity of the policies.

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