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Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Harvard Law School's okay with discrimination

Harvard's record hasn't been so hot lately.

Everyone knows about the president's comments earlier this year.

The president of Harvard University, Lawrence H. Summers, sparked an uproar at an academic conference Friday when he said that innate differences between men and women might be one reason fewer women succeed in science and math careers. Summers also questioned how much of a role discrimination plays in the dearth of female professors in science and engineering at elite universities.

So guess what's new with Harvard? Why, Harvard Law School is no longer banning military recruiters from the campus. These recruiters were banned awhile back because of the army's discriminatory policy against gays. (The University has an anti-discrimination policy). But, as always, it comes down to money.

Harvard Law School will no longer ban military recruiters from its campus following a threat from the Pentagon that funding would be cut if it continued its opposition to 'don't ask, don't tell, the ban on gays serving openly in the armed forces.

The move comes a day after funding was suspended to three other universities who barred military recruiters.

The universities are among 24 law schools that had refused to allow military recruiters on campuses citing the ban as contrary to the institutions' non discrimination policies.

Under a law called the Solomon Act, schools receiving federal funds are prohibited from denying the military entry to campuses, access to students on campus and access to student recruiting information.

Last November, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the law, saying it infringed on the free-speech rights of the schools. In February, the US House of Representatives voted 327 - 84 to express support for law.

The Bush Administration has appealed the court ruling to the US Supreme Court. The case will be heard this fall. [link]

Way to stand up for what's right, Harvard. Well done there.


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