VA: Statement from William & Mary President Reveley: there will be no discrimination on my campus
Both of the directors of KnowThyNeighbor.org are William and Mary Alums and one of them, Tom Lang, contacted the Blend to let everyone know that he contacted the President's office in the aftermath of the letter issued by the Virginia Attorney General rescinding anti-discrimination policies protecting LGBTs on state campuses. Lang demanded that President W. Taylor Reveley III issue a statement.
I actually told them that this is being watched very closely by national blogs like PHB and that KTN would be ready to let this country know if W&M does the right thing or not. I also called Equality Virginia and let them know that the President of W&M would be issuing a statement soon. It just happened and here you go.
I don't think this was a difficult decision for Reveley at all. Its policy has not changed.
No discrimination at W&M
March 9, 2010|
William & Mary President Taylor Reveley sent the following message to the College community on Tuesday, March 9, 2010. – Ed.
Dear William & Mary Community,
Virginia’s Attorney General has written public colleges and universities in the Commonwealth about their anti-discrimination policies. At William & Mary, we need to review carefully the AG’s views as a matter of law and policy, as well as seek the counsel of the campus community, including of course our Board of Visitors. This process has just begun.
For now, let’s be clear that William & Mary neither discriminates against people nor tolerates discrimination on our campus. Those of us at W&M insist that members of our campus community be people of integrity who have both the capacity to meet their responsibilities to the university and the willingness to engage others with civility and respect. We do not insist, however, that members of our community possess any other particular characteristics, whether denominated in race, religion, nationality, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other of the myriad personal characteristics that differentiate human beings. We certainly do not discriminate against people on such grounds, or tolerate discrimination against them. This is the way we live our lives together at William & Mary, because we believe this is the way we should live our lives together. This is not going to change.