Student Affairs Group Moves Event Out of North Carolina

April 5, 2016

ACPA: College Student Educators International announced Monday that it is moving an assessment institute planned for June in Charlotte, N.C., to Baltimore. Association leaders said the new law in North Carolina, eliminating the right of localities to bar discrimination based on sexual orientation and requiring that state agencies limit use of men's and women's rooms to those whose birth certificates indicate those genders, made it impossible for the organization to meet there. ACPA was prepared to take a substantial financial hit on its decision, since it could have been billed for most of the expected hotel charges, but the association said the hotel manager agreed to let the group cancel without penalty if it relocated to a hotel with the chain in another state.

About 200 people are expected at the meeting.

"The current social and political climate in North Carolina cannot provide a hospitable environment for our members who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT), and our members who do not identify as LGBT do not wish to invest their time and money in places that are intolerant of their colleagues," said a letter on the decision from Cynthia H. Love, executive director.

The Council on Undergraduate Research is going ahead with a meeting in North Carolina this week, but the Academic Preservation Trust is moving its meeting scheduled to take place in the state.

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