Trustees Approve New Non-Discrimination Statement

September 21, 2012

In a letter to the Stonehill community on Friday, President Mark Cregan announced the Board of Trustees approved a revised non-discrimination statement with language including sexual orientation.

I‘m writing to provide you with an update on the Board of Trustees' vote on the proposed Non-Discrimination Statement that took place earlier today. As I mentioned in an earlier communication, the subject was raised by students and employees who have deep and abiding concerns on this issue. We have listened carefully to the concerns raised, and with the support of the Board of Trustees, hired outside Counsel to review all aspects of the issue. As a result of our careful study, a revised statement with language including sexual orientation was crafted and presented for the Board of Trustees' vote of approval.

Earlier today, the Board of Trustees approved the following new Non-Discrimination statement:
As a Catholic College founded by the Congregation of Holy Cross, Stonehill College believes in the inherent dignity and worth of every person. As such, the College is committed to providing a multicultural environment free from discrimination for its students, faculty, staff and alumni.

Therefore, Stonehill College prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, gender, disability, age, marital status, religion, color, sexual orientation, or national origin in admission to, access to, treatment in or employment in its programs and activities, except where such conditions may constitute bona fide qualifications for the programs or activities in question.

Nothing in this statement shall require Stonehill College to act in a manner contrary to the beliefs and teachings of the Catholic Church.

It will take effect immediately.

Thank you to those who shared their passion and advocacy for this change. Members of the Board of Trustees, Division Heads and I are grateful for the perspectives of students, faculty and staff that helped to inform this new statement.

Please know that I endeavor to lead Stonehill as a just and compassionate community and believe that this change has further emphasized that we are a community that is welcoming of all persons.

Yours in Holy Cross,
Mark T. Cregan, C.S.C.


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