Virginia Tech Concedes Overstepping on Diversity Requirement

April 15, 2009

Virginia Tech's president has directed the dean of its College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences to rework tenure and promotion guidelines that critics complained required applicants to show that they have done work to promote diversity, according to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education. In an e-mail message shared by the civil liberties group, a Virginia Tech spokesman confirmed that the provost, Mark McNamee, "has asked the college to rework its proposed guidelines. The fundamental problem was a requirement to produce materials in support of diversity."

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