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COLUMBIA, MO – This afternoon, the University of Missouri Board of Curators voted in favor of including gender identity and gender expression to their nondiscrimination policy.  This policy change applies to any phase of its “employment process, any phase of its admission or financial aid programs, or other aspects of its educational programs or activities” at University of Missouri, Missouri University of Science and Technology, University of Missouri-Kansas City, and University of Missouri-St. Louis.

The new policy reads: "Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without discrimination on the basis of their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, disability, or status as a Vietnam era veteran. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or military organizations associated with the Armed Forces of the United States of America.

The University of Missouri system joins the following Missouri schools that have policies that include gender identity/gender expression: A.T. Still University, Fontbonne University, Rockhurst University, Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences, Washington University in St. Louis, Westminster College and William Jewell College. (Campus Pride)

"This is yet another example proving that discrimination has no place in today's society. After a multi-year dialogue waged by students within the UM system, this is a great victory. This allows all students, regardless of who they love or their gender identity, to study and learn in a respected environment,” concluded A.J. Bockelman Executive Director of PROMO.

 

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