Policy B-16

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NON-DISCRIMINATION BASED ON SEXUAL ORIENTATION

(Approved: BFC 3/5/91)

Part 1

The Bloomington Faculty Council:

1. Reaffirms that section I.A.2.c of the Code of Student Ethics pertaining to discrimination based on sexual orientation is a fundamental policy of the university.
2. Affirms that sexual orientation is a factor unrelated to the achievement of excellence in the fundamental missions of the university, and members of the academic community are highly valued irrespective of their sexual orientation.

Part 2

The ROTC program provides Indiana University students with substantial financial support and a course of study in military science and aerospace studies. Officer training in a civilian environment is in the national interest, and the elimination of all ROTC programs from college campuses could have a very unfortunate impact on the culture of the military. However, because discrimination based on sexual orientation is practiced in the ROTC program, and because university policy does not condone such discrimination, the Bloomington Faculty Council recommends:

3. That all members of the university community, and most particularly including the officers and trustees of Indiana University, actively participate in efforts to change Defense Department policy, which is directly responsible for discrimination against Indiana University students. As an act of Congress would be one way to implement such a change in policy, Indiana's congressional delegation should be a particular focus of these efforts.
4. That notwithstanding the value of the ROTC program, if the program discriminates against Indiana University students based on sexual orientation as of the beginning of the 1995-96 academic year, the ROTC program on the Bloomington campus be phased out beginning at that time and be terminated at the end of the 1998-99 academic year. Therefore, the 1995-96 freshman class would be the last with an option to enroll in the ROTC program with the expectation of completing the program on the Bloomington campus. It is the hope of members of the Bloomington Faculty Council that Recommendation 4 will not have to be implemented.
However, the recommendation reflects a strongly held belief that discriminatory practice of this type has no place in an academic community.
5. A copy of this resolution be forwarded to members of the Indiana congressional delegation and to President Bush and to General Powell and to Secretary of Defense Cheney.
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