Gender Identity, Sexual Orientation Employment Protections Added To ATU

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RUSSELLVILLE (KFSM) – The Arkansas Tech University Board of Trustees voted on Thursday afternoon (Aug. 21) to add gender identity and sexual orientation employment protections, according to a news release.

Policies were updated when the board voted to make an amendment to the Arkansas Tech University affirmative action policy, the release states.

The change was made to comply with provisions of Executive Order 13672 from President Obama that added sexual orientation and gender identity as protected categories for equal opportunities in employment.

The University of Arkansas made a similar change to its own campus policies in June, according to a spokesman for the campus.

Its change came in the form of adding sexual orientation and gender identity to their own nondiscrimination policy, the spokesman said.