Today Belmont University’s Board of Trustees voted to amend the University’s official non-discrimination policy, adding a preamble inspired by the school’s mission statement and employment handbooks that clearly identifies the university’s Christian mission. In addition, they added sexual orientation to the written anti-discrimination policy to reflect the school’s long-standing practice of non-discrimination as it relates to sexual orientation. These additions affirm Belmont’s long-held practices in employment and student life. This vote makes that ongoing practice part of the University’s new written policy, which can be seen below:
Belmont University Non-Discrimination Policy
Belmont University is a Christian community. The university faculty, administration, and staff uphold Jesus as the Christ and as the measure for all things. As a community seeking to uphold Christian standards of morality, ethics and conduct, Belmont University holds high expectations of each person who chooses to join the community. In compliance with federal law, including provisions of Title IX of the Education Amendments of1972, Sections 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 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 admissions policies; or employment. Under federal law, the university may discriminate on the basis of religion in order to fulfill its purposes. The university has appointed the director of the Office of Human Resources to serve as coordinator of compliance with Title IX. Inquiries or complaints should be directed to the Office of the Provost or the Office of Human Resources.
Video of Belmont President Dr. Bob Fisher’s Statement to Media