TEXT OF PRESIDENT McCORMICK'S JANUARY 23,
2006 RESPONSE TO THE SENATE ON THE SENATE RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF FAIR
I am writing in response to the Senate’s Resolution in
Support of FAIR v. Rumsfeld, which
was approved at its October 21, 2005 meeting.
is one of the core principles of our
Rutgers University is
strongly committed to a policy of non-discrimination with regard to
orientation, and it is my fervent hope that the military will follow
example of Rutgers and many other institutions around the country in
that all individuals, including gay and lesbian men and women and all
of the LGBT community, among others, are treated equally.
With regard to the particular legal case at
hand, the University did not file a separate brief or make a formal
in the Supreme Court litigation because we believe that it is more
and appropriate in such circumstances to speak with a united voice
national organizations that represent higher education (as did other
universities around the country). In
this instance, the Association of American Law Schools, of which the
two Rutgers law schools are members,
filed a brief in support
of FAIR and emphasizing the importance of academic freedom and respect
educational values and decision-making.
Whatever the outcome of the litigation, the University will
strongly committed to its policy of non-discrimination and equal
for all members of our community.
members of the Senate’s Equal Opportunity Committee have my thanks for
efforts in this matter.