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.
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