The WASC Resolution Draft Policy Statement
On Diversity (June 23, 1993) Of The
Western Association Of Schools And Colleges (WASC)

AS-2177-93/AA - September 10, 1993

WHEREAS, Any policy or practice of discrimination against students or university employees based on race, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation is inimical to the values of the University; and

WHEREAS, It is a violation of California law and CSU policy for the CSU system, or any part of it, to discriminate in employment or access on the basis of sexual orientation; and

WHEREAS, The campuses of the CSU are members of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and are accredited by this organization; and

WHEREAS, WASC's Standard 1a states that: "...a college or university is not a political institution; it is not a religion or a church."; and

WHEREAS, WASC's Standard 1a further states that: "Those within an educational institution have as a first concern, knowledge, evidence, and truth. This concern should not be undermined by particular judgments of institution benefactors, of public or social pressure groups, or of religious or political groups."; and

WHEREAS, WASC has published a Draft Policy Statement on Diversity on June 23, 1993; and

WHEREAS, WASC's Draft Policy Statement on Diversity (June 23, 1993), although revised from the previous draft (August 30, 1992) continues toallow institutions to discriminate based on sexual orientation by stating (Page 7) that: "There is no religious or moral consensus on issues of sexual orientation among the institutions accredited by this Commission, and it is certainly not the function of the Commission to impose its own moral stance with respect to the admission for students or the employment of staff and faculty."; and

WHEREAS, WASC's Standards 1.B.3 and 1.B.6 state that institutions must make positive efforts to foster diversity, and must select students, faculty and administration according to nondiscrimination policies; and

WHEREAS, The most recent WASC's Draft Policy Statement on Diversity continues to exclude sexual orientation considerations from its nondiscrimination standards; and

WHEREAS, On November 13, 1992 The Academic Senate CSU passed a resolution

(AS-2109-92/AA) regarding the previous Draft Policy Statement on Diversity urging WASC Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities "to designate in its Draft Policy Statement on Diversity (August 30, 1992) discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation as unacceptable within the institutions it accredits,"; and

WHEREAS, The formulation in the current Draft Policy Statement on Diversity (June 23, 1993) of allowing WASC accredited institutions to discriminate against faculty and students on the basis of sexual orientation is a position which is indistinguishable from its previous Draft (August 30, 1992), to which the Academic Senate, CSU took strong exception; therefore be it

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University again strongly urge the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) to include sexual orientation discrimination as being an unacceptable practice within the institutions it serves; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University again urge the Chancellor and the campus Presidents to use the influence of their offices to urge the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) to specifically prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation in the institutions it accredits; and be it further:

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University again urge the campus senates to consider conveying to their Presidents, The Chancellor, and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) their disapproval of allowing institutions seeking or maintaining accreditation to discriminate against faculty, staff, and students based on sexual orientation.

APPROVED – SEPTEMBER 10, 1993



 
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