Opposition to Campus ROTC Access Act
AS-2362-97/FA - March 13-14, 1997
RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University reaffirm its policy condemning the discriminatory regulations of the Department of Defense that exclude homosexuals from military services (AS 1939-90/AA & AS 1980-91/AA, CSU Policy on Non-Discrimination and ROTC Programs); and be it further
RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU condemn the Campus ROTC Access Act and its efforts to suppress free speech and coerce faculty to discriminate against homosexuals; and be it further
RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU urge the presidents of campuses presently affected by the Campus ROTC Access Act to stand firm in defense of academic freedom and non-discrimination.
RATIONALE: Because it is a violation of CSU policy for the CSU system, or any part of it, to discriminate in employment or access on the basis of sexual orientation and because there is no scholarly evidence that the policy of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is beneficial to the national defense, the Academic Senate urged campuses in 1991 to terminate their contracts with the U.S. military regarding the offering of ROTC programs. Subsequently, several campuses did so.
In 1994, the federal government, through legislation (Campus ROTC Access Act) threatened to terminate the federal contracts and grants awarded to students and faculty on those campuses which terminated military ROTC contracts. This action is a violation of First Amendment rights, academic freedom, and a direct threat to a free and democratic society.
APPROVED UNANIMOUSLY -- March 13-14, 1997