Mason’s Board of Visitors Reaffirms Commitment to Nondiscrimination
At its meeting on March 24, the George Mason University Board of Visitors (BOV) passed a resolution reaffirming its commitment to nondiscrimination “in any and all contexts.”
The BOV discussed at length the Virginia attorney general’s advice that the university’s policy regarding nondiscrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is not supported by state law. The result of the discussion was a resolution affirming the university’s full and continued support of nondiscrimination.
Here is the full text:
Resolution of the Board of Visitors of George Mason University
Whereas, a diverse and inclusive learning environment that respects and enhances the potential of all members of our community is vitally important to the mission of George Mason University to achieve excellence in teaching, research, and service; and
Whereas, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender faculty, students, administrators and staff make outstanding contributions to the accomplishment of the university mission; and
Whereas, the Governor of the Commonwealth has affirmed that discrimination based upon factors such as one’s sexual orientation or parental status violates the Equal Protection Clause of the United States Constitution; and
Whereas, all employees and students of the Commonwealth deserve statutory protection against discrimination;
Now, therefore, be it resolved by the Board of Visitors of George Mason University that it remains deeply committed to equal treatment of all persons in their dealings with the university in any and all contexts.