Students, faculty and staff:
Today the Board of Trustees voted to add sexual orientation to the university’s official non-discrimination policy, affirming Belmont’s long-held practices in employment and student life. As I said several weeks ago, we are a Christian community that is welcoming, loving and inclusive of everyone. Today’s vote makes that ongoing practice part of our new written policy, which is below:
Belmont University is a Christian community. The university faculty, administration, and staff uphold Jesus as the Christ and as the measure for all things. As a community seeking to uphold Christian standards of morality, ethics and conduct, Belmont University holds high expectations of each person who chooses to join the community. In compliance with federal law, including provisions of Title IX of the Education Amendments of1972, Sections 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Belmont University does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, military service, or sexual orientation in its administration of education policies, programs or activities; its admissions policies; or employment. Under federal law, the university may discriminate on the basis of religion in order to fulfill its purposes. The university has appointed the director of the Office of Human Resources to serve as coordinator of compliance with Title IX. Inquiries or complaints should be directed to the Office of the Provost or the Office of Human Resources.
I will soon be sharing this news with members of our local media, but I wanted you to hear it from me first. Later this evening you will be able to see my statement to media on the Belmont Web site.
Huge victory all around.
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