The campus paper Belmont Vision is reporting that Belmont University has formally added "sexual orientation" to its nondiscrimination policy — the university's strongest response to date to the controversy over the ouster of Belmont women's soccer coach Lisa Howe last month. From Pierce Greenberg's story on the paper's website:
“Belmont University does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, military service, or sexual orientation in its administration of education policies, programs or activities; its admission policies; or employment,” the policy reads.
Fisher held a press conference at 4 p.m., to make the announcement.
“Today, our Board of Trustees met and affirmed, officially, who we are and who we will continue to be,” Fisher said. “We are a Christian community that is welcoming, loving, and inclusive of everyone.”
“The Board voted today to amend the university’s written anti-discrimination policy to reflect our long-standing practice of nondiscrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.”