Students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University at Buffalo are among those who say the campuses are home to the most homophobic students.
The New York Times reported that, in the wake of the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling legalizing same-sex marriage, a group of students, alumni, and alumni of the two schools were sent a letter in October by their school saying that the two campuses were the “most hostile to students and faculty of any major American university.”
The letter, titled “A Message to All Our Students and Faculty,” was sent to all students and alumni, faculty, and staff at the two colleges, as well as the administration and board of trustees at the colleges.
The letter said that the school and the campuses were not “hostile to diversity of thought or belief.”
The schools’ response?
“We believe this is a misperception, based on misinformation, and we believe our response is accurate,” University of Buffalo president Jim Gaffney wrote.
“Our mission is to foster a community of learning and learning opportunities that promote intellectual inquiry, critical thinking, and the pursuit of knowledge.
We have a robust academic program that promotes academic excellence, promotes our mission, and provides an environment of respect, dignity, and dignity.”
A similar letter from the University’s president, Eric Kaler, was also sent to the schools.
“The University of the District of Columbia (UDC) and the Washington University School of Law are the only two American universities where a large majority of students are on a zero-tolerance campus environment,” he wrote.
He continued, “These schools have made it their mission to make sure that no student is ever discriminated against based on their sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression.
UDC and the WSU have successfully led the way in addressing issues of bias, and have done so in a way that is respectful and inclusive.”
“It’s not just about a campus,” the letter stated.
“We need a culture where every student feels welcomed and valued, where no student feels unsafe or disrespected, where everyone feels safe and respected and a community where people of all genders, races, ethnicities, and sexual orientations feel comfortable and welcomed.”
Kaler and Gaffneys letter did not address the specific campus that the letters were addressed to.
“I think that’s important to clarify, because we do have a policy that says that we expect every student to feel welcome, safe, and respected,” Kaler said.
“So the letter is about that.
I don’t think that it’s going to change anything.
I’m just saying that we don’t see it as a campus problem, we see it at every campus, and I don, personally, think that this has anything to do with our campus.”
Kalner added, “We have a culture at the WU that is welcoming and welcoming of everybody, including students who are different from us.
We are a very diverse institution.”
A spokesperson for UDC told Vice News that, “UDC welcomes all students who have a genuine and genuine commitment to the values of inclusion and mutual respect, and to our shared mission of creating an inclusive and welcoming community.”
“The university will continue to work with the students and the administration to ensure that every student has the opportunities to succeed in life,” the spokesperson added.