East Carolina University officials respond to House Bill 2

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – East Carolina University became the latest organization to react to North Carolina’s House Bill 2, which was passed by the NC General Assembly on March 23.

Local businesses have put up signs with their support and cities even banned government-funded travel after Governor Pat McCrory signed the bill.

Friday, Chancellor Steve Ballard sent out a memorandum in response to concerns of House Bill 2 that discusses how East Carolina University will handle the situation.

We appreciate the concerns expressed by our students, staff, and faculty about the impact on our campus community of House Bill 2, passed by the NC General Assembly and signed by Gov. Pat McCrory on Wednesday, March 23.

This legislation has raised many questions for the UNC system and for our campus. We want you to know we are seeking answers to those questions, working with the UNC General Administration to understand and address the bill’s effects. It is clear that many in our community, particularly those identifying as LGBTQ, are experiencing uncertainty and apprehension.

While we seek answers, we want you to be aware that offices across our campus, including the Division of Student Affairs, the Office of University Counsel, and the Office of Equity & Diversity will be working together.

What will not change is our commitment to ensuring East Carolina University is an inclusive environment that honors the values of diversity and respect. We remain determined this campus will be a welcoming place where people feel safe to learn, work, and visit. We are all Pirates.

UNC President Margaret Spellings emphasized that commitment on behalf of the entire University system in a statement on the bill this week.

Let us continue our civil discourse as we discuss this issue and the uncertainties that surround it. We will keep you updated throughout this process as information is determined.

 

Please contact the Office for Equity and Diversity and the LGBT Resource Center with questions and for assistance.

 

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