Montana U system anti-discrimination policy adds gender identification

2013-07-18T15:00:00Z 2013-07-18T15:00:17Z Montana U system anti-discrimination policy adds gender identificationThe Associated Press The Associated Press
July 18, 2013 3:00 pm  • 

BOZEMAN — The state Board of Regents has voted to broaden the university system's anti-discrimination policy to require campuses to ensure there's no discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation.

Board members voted 4-0 in a conference call Monday to add the new wording.

The policy previously prohibited discrimination based on race, color, religion, creed, political ideas, sex, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, national origin or ancestry.

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports seven of the state's campuses had earlier barred discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

Commissioner of Higher Education Clayton Christian says the university system will designate more restrooms as family, unisex or handicap accessible.

He says it sends the proper message that the state's campuses are open, welcoming, safe places to attend for any Montana students.

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  1. DonaldM
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    DonaldM - July 19, 2013 5:44 pm
    The only groups not included are white males and Christians. I realize that religion is on the list, but that typically doesn't mean Christians. All of the others have to have someone to discriminate against.
  2. Roger
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    Roger - July 19, 2013 12:02 pm
    Unfortunately UM does not consider male students worthy of equality - for example, there's no Men's Studies program, while there is a Women's Studies program for females. That's blatant discrimination. Some enterprising male UM student should sue to remedy the unfair situation.
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