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Harvard faculty condemns ROTC

Harvard faculty

condemns ROTC

(Editor's note: The following resolution was passed by the faculty of Harvard University on Wednesday.)

Statement on Reserve Officers Training Corps

The Faculty Council deplores the existing Department of Defense policies not to accept gay or lesbian students into ROTC programs and to require acknowledged homosexuals to disenroll and return scholarship funds that they have received. These policies are directly opposed to Harvard's own firm commitment to non-discrimination.

While we would prefer to continue to support the present policy of offering our students the option of ROTC enrollment and scholarships, we will suspend our cooperation with ROTC in the long term unless the present discrimination is ended.

It is our intention to present our strong objections to these discriminatory policies directly to the military and also to cooperate with MIT and other colleges using the ROTC programs at MIT to work forcefully for changes in Department of Defense policies that will make them conform to our general standards of non-discrimination.

In the interim period, the College will limit its support <>

of ROTC on this campus to the minimum level necessary to accommodate our students. We shall also be explicit in explaining the Faculty's opposition to present Department of Defense policies concerning sexual orientation and the possibility that Harvard's relationship to ROTC may be suspended in the future.

We are also determined that this important matter of principle not be left unsettled for too long. With this in mind, we recommend that Harvard's participation in the ROTC programs be suspended in two years if insufficient progress in resolving the issues of discrimination has been made to justify continuing our support and cooperation.