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February 09, 2010 9:00 AM Students Protest Anti-Discrimination Statement

By Daniel Luzer

Students at John Carroll University, a Jesuit college in Cleveland Ohio, staged a sit-in on February 3 during a break in the school’s basketball game against Mount Union College. The John Carroll students were protesting the university’s decisions not to include the protection of sexual orientation of in its anti-discrimination statement. Watch a video of the protest here:

According to an article in Inside Higher Ed the university explained how it reached its decision: “Rather than rely on the limitations provided under current federal and state law, the university strives to achieve a much higher standard based upon its Jesuit and Catholic mission and teachings.”

Many other Jesuit universities, including Canisius College, College of the Holy Cross, Georgetown University, Gonzaga University, Le Moyne College, and St. Louis University, include sexual orientation in their list of protected categories in their anti-discrimination policies.

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer