Release findings of investigation into expulsion of gay Tar Heel from group
  • Petitioned UNC Chapel Hill Administration

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UNC Chapel Hill Administration

Release findings of investigation into expulsion of gay Tar Heel from group

    1. Ashley Kroetsch
    2. Petition by

      Ashley Kroetsch

      Washington, DC, DC

The Carolina Way has been heralded by educators, students, alum, and admirers for decades as an honorable identity - one that upholds characteristics of tolerance, dialogue, and collaboration to build a better community for all. We all work to fulfill the responsibility we place on ourselves upon becoming part of the Carolina community - and we expect our University's policies to do the same and hold us accountable to that higher standard. Roy would never allow us to make a mockery of the Dean Dome by calling others names and refusing entry to a student based on their team allegiance - and accordingly, we allow Dookies to attend the game to see our boys sweep past them and score the winning basket.

We expect UNC's policies and the enforcement of those policies to offer the same even playing field for students when it comes to university funded campus groups.

UNC policy gives student groups the right to limit membership to those who share a certain set of ideas, as long as no student is excluded on the basis of personal characteristics — including sexual orientation. This is a fundamental right all groups have and should have regarding their membership - until it infringes on the rights of others and discriminates against them or their inclusion in any given group based on who they are. It is the responsibility of the administration to ensure shades of gray are investigated and that university money does not fund discrimination, even unintentionally. We must all hold ourselves accountable to the Carolina way, and at the very least, start the dialogue.

We encourage the administration to resist sweeping this instance under the rug and request that you release the official findings of the investigation into the expulsion of a gay UNC student from an on-campus group due to his "views on homosexuality" as reported in the Daily Tar Heel.  We also ask that the administration cut off student funding if discrimination is found as a result of this investigation.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. UNC Admin Announces Results of Investigation

      Ashley Kroetsch
      Petition Organizer

      The University has officially found that the student group, Psalm 100, has NOT violated the non-discrimination policy that prohibits campus groups to limit membership based on sexual orientation, among other things. While this may be the case (though stating insufficient evidence seems like an easy way out), it is clear UNC needs to reconsider the policy itself and ensure what's on the books actively supports and reflects the core values of the Carolina Way, and protects those students who uphold that reputation.

      "Crisp said the University did not find enough evidence to conclude that the group’s expulsion of Thomason was based on his sexual orientation rather than his beliefs...

      But Crisp said administrators might soon consider institutional changes.
      “I think we probably should take a look at the policy itself,” he said."

    2. http://www.dailytarheel.com/index.php/article/2011/09/psalm_100s_vote_resta

      Ashley Kroetsch
      Petition Organizer

      Perhaps this calls for a second look at official policies: "The University reached a settlement with the fraternity, allowing belief-based groups the right to select members based on their beliefs, which could mean Psalm 100 acted in accordance with University policy."

    3. http://www.dailytarheel.com/index.php/article/2011/08/unc_will_look_into_ch

      Ashley Kroetsch
      Petition Organizer

      “We are on notice that there is a question as to whether or not a student organization has acted in compliance with the policy or not,” Crisp said. “We take that very seriously and that will be investigated.”

    4. Reached 500 signatures
    5. UNC Christian A Cappella Group Ousts Gay Member

      Carol Scott
      Petition Organizer

      UNC Christian A Cappella Group Ousts Gay Member - read the original Daily Tarheel story today that broke the news: http://www.dailytarheel.com/index.php/article/2011/08/4e5c6c791822c

    6. Reached 5 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Vanessa Coldiron WEST JEFFERSON, NC
      • almost 3 years ago

      I cannot believe this! My husband worships that school and this is how they treat people. No one should be discriminated against for any reason

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    • Jodie Simmons LUTZ, FL
      • almost 3 years ago

      Before we jump on the sign-a-petition band wagon against one of the more updstanding schools in our nation (which has a HUGE LGBT population and positive influence), research, research, research the facts!

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    • Beth Thompson ATLANTA, GA
      • almost 3 years ago

      The Carolina I went to should hold itself to a higher standard. Tolerance, compassion, and recognition of diversity.

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    • Michael Adamson MADISON, NC
      • about 3 years ago

      If the student was forced out because the student is in favor of equality, then the "set of ideas" that were the basic of that exclusion are fundamentally discriminatory. No such organization should be supported by Carolina.

      This should be investigated.

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    • Catherine Adamson CARRBORO, NC
      • about 3 years ago

      As an alumna, I am disturbed to find that the administration has condoned behavior by Psalm 100 that contradicts the non-discimination policy. To say that the student was expelled not for being gay, but for thinking that his gayness was not a sign of certain damnation, is pathetic and self-serving.

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