By SYDNEY MOSKO
If asked to describe the 2012-2013 school year here at Georgetown in one word, one would have to say, “change.” Recently the Non-Discrimination Work Group has reconvened to continue their efforts on changing the Non-Discrimination Policy. This hard–working and passionate group is working towards one of the biggest changes in this school’s history. They are focused on raising awareness of inequality on campus as well as educating the campus family about how to implement a long lasting change that will benefit the college as a whole, not just certain groups.
As some recall, this is the Non-Discrimination Policy’s second go-around to the Board of Trustees. Despite an overwhelming approval by faculty last year, the trustees did not pass the proposed revisions to the policy. The current policy states, “In compliance with federal law, including provisions of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Georgetown College does not illegally discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or military service in its administration of education policies, programs or activities; admissions policies; or employment.” The change that the group would like to make to this policy is, “Georgetown College does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, sex, gender, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, medical condition, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, military status or any group-status that is protected under applicable federal, state or local law.”
There is a very important change that is removed in the new proposed policy: the word “illegally” is taken out. Currently in Kentucky it is legal to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation and gender.
As of the last meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 26, the letter has been revised to bear the changes stated above and is in the finalizing stage. This newly revised letter will be considered during the April board meeting on April 26 and 27. The group extends an invitation to any one who is part of our campus family. The next meeting will be on Tuesday, March 26 at 7 p.m. in LRC 150. Come join this awesome group of students, faculty and staff that are fighting for a worthwhile change.