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Statement from Vanderbilt University

Posted on Thursday, Sep. 15, 2011 — 4:37 PM

As a higher education institution, Vanderbilt encourages and supports diversity of thought and opinion among our students, faculty and staff – this is one of the cornerstones of an academic environment. We also recognize that student organizations help enrich the out-of-classroom experience for our campus community and want to be certain that all of our students have an opportunity to participate in the student organizations that interest them. We are committed to making our campus a welcoming environment for all of our students.

Last academic year, an undergraduate made an allegation of discrimination against a student organization. As a result of that allegation, we sought to ensure that the more than 300 student organizations were aware of their need to comply with the university’s longstanding nondiscrimination policy. A dozen or so, including five religious organizations, are not yet in compliance. We made the decision to give the organizations not yet in compliance provisional status, allowing us to continue to work with them to achieve compliance while allowing them to continue to have the same full access to the Vanderbilt campus as they have had in the past.

Media Contact: Beth Fortune (615) 322-NEWS


  • Monicagator76

    Discrimination against Christians seems to be the only form of acceptable persecution. If you don’t stand for something you stand for nothing!

  • Monicagator76

    Discrimination against Christians seems to be the only form of acceptable persecution. If you don’t stand for something you stand for nothing!

  • Monicagator76

    Discrimination against Christians seems to be the only form of acceptable persecution. If you don’t stand for something you stand for nothing!

  • http://twitter.com/eaglesdontflock eaglesdontflock

    This is a non-answer. You have been put in a barrel deliberately by activists who value anarchy over stability.

  • http://twitter.com/eaglesdontflock eaglesdontflock

    This is a non-answer. You have been put in a barrel deliberately by activists who value anarchy over stability.

  • http://twitter.com/eaglesdontflock eaglesdontflock

    This is a non-answer. You have been put in a barrel deliberately by activists who value anarchy over stability.

  • BongoBreath

    Let me get this straight.u00a0 Your little rule here could lead to a gay student club being lead by a heterosexual antagonistic to gay rights?u00a0 Might create a slight sunami of outrage.u00a0 Or maybe your N.O.W. club will have a President who is pro-life.u00a0 Could cause a slight furor.u00a0 Or maybe one of your little peacenik groups could be governed by a four start general.u00a0 Now that would start a war! u00a0 But if a group of Christians expects even for a second that they could establish standards of Christian conduct for those serving in their governing body, well that’s a complete outrage!u00a0 Who do these homophobic, racist, facist, war mongers think they are?!?u00a0 Ridiculous. u00a0 u00a0 u00a0 u00a0 u00a0 u00a0 u00a0 u00a0 u00a0 u00a0

  • BongoBreath

    Let me get this straight.u00a0 Your little rule here could lead to a gay student club being lead by a heterosexual antagonistic to gay rights?u00a0 Might create a slight sunami of outrage.u00a0 Or maybe your N.O.W. club will have a President who is pro-life.u00a0 Could cause a slight furor.u00a0 Or maybe one of your little peacenik groups could be governed by a four start general.u00a0 Now that would start a war! u00a0 But if a group of Christians expects even for a second that they could establish standards of Christian conduct for those serving in their governing body, well that’s a complete outrage!u00a0 Who do these homophobic, racist, facist, war mongers think they are?!?u00a0 Ridiculous. u00a0 u00a0 u00a0 u00a0 u00a0 u00a0 u00a0 u00a0 u00a0 u00a0

  • BongoBreath

    Let me get this straight.u00a0 Your little rule here could lead to a gay student club being lead by a heterosexual antagonistic to gay rights?u00a0 Might create a slight sunami of outrage.u00a0 Or maybe your N.O.W. club will have a President who is pro-life.u00a0 Could cause a slight furor.u00a0 Or maybe one of your little peacenik groups could be governed by a four start general.u00a0 Now that would start a war! u00a0 But if a group of Christians expects even for a second that they could establish standards of Christian conduct for those serving in their governing body, well that’s a complete outrage!u00a0 Who do these homophobic, racist, facist, war mongers think they are?!?u00a0 Ridiculous. u00a0 u00a0 u00a0 u00a0 u00a0 u00a0 u00a0 u00a0 u00a0 u00a0

  • BongoBreath

    It’s a little difficult for me to believe that you have no postings on this story.u00a0 This wouldn’t be good old fashioned censorship would it?u00a0u00a0 Sure smells like hypocrisy to me.u00a0

  • BongoBreath

    It’s a little difficult for me to believe that you have no postings on this story.u00a0 This wouldn’t be good old fashioned censorship would it?u00a0u00a0 Sure smells like hypocrisy to me.u00a0

  • BongoBreath

    It’s a little difficult for me to believe that you have no postings on this story.u00a0 This wouldn’t be good old fashioned censorship would it?u00a0u00a0 Sure smells like hypocrisy to me.u00a0

  • http://www.facebook.com/ftiedemann Fred Tiedemann

    Simply amazing… I would hope that Vanderbilt graduates are smarter and wiser than their university leadership.u00a0 If this is any indication of Vanderbilt’s nleadership going into the future, then I would say their future is on nborrowed time.Seriously, I would never send my children to Vanderbilt and I certainly would think twice before hiring their graduates – maybe thank sipped the Kool-Aid as well.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ftiedemann Fred Tiedemann

    Simply amazing… I would hope that Vanderbilt graduates are smarter and wiser than their university leadership.u00a0 If this is any indication of Vanderbilt’s nleadership going into the future, then I would say their future is on nborrowed time.Seriously, I would never send my children to Vanderbilt and I certainly would think twice before hiring their graduates – maybe thank sipped the Kool-Aid as well.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ftiedemann Fred Tiedemann

    Simply amazing… I would hope that Vanderbilt graduates are smarter and wiser than their university leadership.u00a0 If this is any indication of Vanderbilt’s nleadership going into the future, then I would say their future is on nborrowed time.Seriously, I would never send my children to Vanderbilt and I certainly would think twice before hiring their graduates – maybe thank sipped the Kool-Aid as well.

  • TimisKim

    As a Vanderbilt alum, I find this policy to be the height of stupidity. Let’s support diversity by enforcing conformity. Long live diversity as long as it is not diverse!

  • Nate

    See George Will. This is not about “diversity.” It’s an attack on freedom to organize. Shame on Vanderbilt for their attack on freedom and true diversity. This is moral anarchy mascarading as tolerance. It will only produce rot.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/conformity-for-diversitys-sake/2011/11/01/gIQAUBOmgM_story.html

    “In 1984, William Brennan, the court’s leading liberal of the last half-century, said:
    ‘There can be no clearer example of an intrusion into the internal structure or affairs of an association than a regulation that forces the group to accept members it does not desire. Such a regulation may impair the ability of the original members to express only those views that brought them together. Freedom of association therefore plainly presupposes a freedom not to associate.”



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