Gray recommends change to discriminatory policy
(Editor's note: The Tech received a copy of this letter addressed to Undergraduate Association President Manish Bapna '91.)
Both the Provost and I are troubled by the contradiction between MIT's policy of non-discrimination and the Reserve Officers' Training Corps' policy of discrimination on the basis of sexual preference, and we believe that this ROTC policy should change. Indeed, that contradiction was one, though not the only, reason for Dean Margaret L. A. MacVicar '65's appointing an ad hoc faculty committee last year to review the relationship between MIT and ROTC. Among the recommendations of the ad hoc committee was that MIT should endeavor to convince the military services to do away with policies that discriminate on the grounds of sexual preference.
We are making such efforts. MIT's position on these matters is contained in the statements from MacVicar, which appeared in recent issues of The Tech [March 23] and Tech Talk, and the other from the provost, John M. Deutch '61, in a letter to the secretary of defense, Dick Cheney [see front page].
I believe that the military services not only should but will change their policies regarding sexual preference, because the continuation of ROTC programs at leading colleges and universities will be greatly influenced by this question. Clearly, this will not happen overnight, but we will continue to work on this issue, and I think we will see a change.
Paul E. Gray '54->