Town hall meeting on non-discrimination policy set for Jan. 31

Update: In anticipation of there being greater interest than the available venue will accommodate for this evening’s town hall meeting on the university’s nondiscrimination policy, the university has scheduled a live webstream of the event. It should be accessible at 6:15 p.m. to anyone on the Vanderbilt network.

Watch the live stream.

Current Vanderbilt students, faculty, and staff wishing to view the webstream from their homes off campus may visit the ITS website to learn how to access the network remotely.

Vanderbilt University leaders will address questions recently raised about how the university’s nondiscrimination policy applies to its registered student organizations at a town hall meeting Tuesday, Jan. 31, from 6:15 to 7:45 p.m. in Room 114 in Furman Hall.

While the meeting is principally for Vanderbilt students, faculty and staff are welcome to attend.

James Hudnut-Beumler, dean of the Vanderbilt Divinity School, will moderate the discussion with Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Richard McCarty and David Williams, vice chancellor for university affairs and athletics, general counsel and university secretary. They will explain and take questions about the university’s position in an effort to ensure the content and purpose of the nondiscrimination policy are more fully understood and to continue to discuss any concerns.

Student groups who wish to become a registered student organization – which means using the Vanderbilt name, having the opportunity to apply for funding from student activity fees and access to university resources – must complete an application process through the Office of the Dean of Students.

To qualify for this status, the group’s constitution must be aligned with the university’s nondiscrimination policy and the group must sign a form affirming they will comply with university policies, which require that membership in registered student organizations be open to everyone and that everyone, if desired, has the opportunity to seek leadership positions in those organizations.