Policy B-17

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SEXUAL ORIENTATION AND ROTC

(Approved: Trustees 5/3/91)

1. The Trustees reaffirm their support for the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) programs at Indiana University, because they provide scholarship opportunities for students who might otherwise be unable to attend the University, and because those programs ensure that some commissioned officers in the armed forces will be educated at IU and similar institutions of higher education, and because it provides an important service to our country.

2. The Trustees reaffirm their support for the Code of Student Ethics, including section I.A.2.c. (now the Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct, section I.A.2.a.) which provides that "the University does not condone discrimination based on sexual orientation," and also reaffirm that this section does not preclude ROTC programs at the University.

3. The Trustees encourage the University administration, working through appropriate national organizations, to urge the Defense Department to re-examine military policies of discrimination based on sexual orientation.

4. The Trustees encourage the University administration to support scholarly research by IU faculty, perhaps with faculty at other colleges or universities, concerning the impact on workplaces comparable to military workplaces of policies precluding discrimination based on sexual orientation, with a view toward sharing the results of that research with the Defense Department and the public.

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