Wasinger Resolution (October 19, 2006)

Whereas, a member of the University of Missouri Board of Curators has made homophobic comments, and

Whereas, the Faculty of the University of Missouri-Columbia values a campus community which embraces diversity in persons, ideas, beliefs, and actions for students, staff, and faculty, and

Whereas, because respect for diversity in persons means respect for many statuses and identifications, the University in all of its communications must convey respect for age, gender, race, ablement, and sexual orientation statuses and ethnocultural, familial, community, religious and other group identifications, and

Whereas, respect for diversity of ideas and beliefs means respect for the full range of sociopolitical ideas (from radically left to radically right) and religious and spiritual belief systems (from traditional religions to the broad range of other organized religions, to the personal spiritual belief structures of non-religious persons), and

Whereas, respect for diversity of actions means respect for all actions, including speech, which convey information, ideas, and arguments that underlie true intellectual discourse on the University campus, and

Whereas, respect for diversity in the University's intellectual pursuits by students, staff, and faculty requires maintenance of an environment of rationality, openness, reasoned discussion, and civil discourse respectful of all participants, and

Whereas, students, staff, and faculty of the University of Missouri-Columbia and the other University of Missouri campuses are entitled to a safe, inclusive, and nurturing environment in which to study and work, and

Whereas, the Faculty of the University of Missouri-Columbia recognizes that comments which threaten any group in the University community threaten this safe, inclusive, and nurturing environment and the enhancement of diversity which is necessary for a more stimulating and encompassing educational environment, and

Whereas, the Faculty of the University of Missouri-Columbia strongly supports the academic freedom of individual faculty members to develop courses which address all aspects of human diversity and the academic freedom of departments to offer these courses,

Be it resolved that:

  1. the Faculty Council of the University of Missouri-Columbia objects to all forms of bigotry and discrimination, including homophobia, expressed by any member of the University community, and
  2. the Faculty Council supports and encourages the work of all campus organizations, departments, and other formal and informal groups whose activities focus on enhancing campus diversity in all aspects of the academic experience and academic life, and
  3. the Faculty of the University of Missouri-Columbia reaffirms its authority over the development, implementation, and review of curriculum on its campus, and its support for the same authority for the faculty of the other University of Missouri campuses, based on the academic merits of courses and programs consistent with the campus mission, the expectation of academic freedom, and the interests of the University community, and
  4. the Faculty Council encourages the Board of Curators to make clear to the University community and to all Missourians that the campuses of the University of Missouri system value every person in the State.