Columbia Moves Toward Restoring ROTC

April 4, 2011

Columbia University took a major step Friday toward the return of the Reserve Officers' Training Corps with a 51 to 17 vote of the University Senate for a resolution calling for the institution to "explore mutually beneficial relationships with the armed forces of the United States, including participation in the programs of the Reserve Officers Training Corps," The New York Times reported. Like a number of other colleges and universities, Columbia has in recent years cited the military's discrimination against gay people as incompatible with the university's values, and the federal law authorizing the end of "don't ask, don't tell" has been expected to prompt the university to welcome ROTC back. (It was removed during the Vietnam era.) Harvard University announced last month that it had negotiated to return ROTC to its campus.

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