This is terribly shameful. Once DADT has been repealed, Harvard University will reopen its campus to ROTC.
I look forward to pursuing discussions with military officials and others to achieve Harvard’s full and formal recognition of ROTC. I am very pleased that more students will now have the opportunity to serve their country. I am grateful to the Massachusetts delegation for their unified support for repeal.
– Harvard President Drew Faust
ROTC was banished from Harvard in the first place because the military was in violation of the university’s non-discrimination policy. But guess what? Even with repeal of DADT the US military still continues to discriminate against transgender people, a clear violation of Harvard’s policy:
Any form of discrimination based on race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, veteran status, or disability unrelated to course requirements is contrary to the principles and policies of Harvard University.
Can it be possible that the president of Harvard University doesn’t know that repeal of DADT doesn’t make open service for transgender soldiers possible because the military considers transgender people to have a disqualifying mental disorder (unlike the militaries of major allies)? Or does she know all too well and hopes nobody will notice Harvard’s violation of its own non-discrimination policy, what with all that juicy federal funding hinging on the decision?
If you’d like to contact Harvard University President Drew Faust and ask:
Tel: (617) 495-1502
Fax: (617) 495-8550
Crossposted at Pam’s House Blend.