These students are absolutely right when they point out that a safe living, working, and learning environment should not be left to circumstance or personal opinion. It should be guaranteed to all within our university system.
The campaign is called 703 Equality because the board of regents adopted the current policy, known as ”Non-Discrimination Policy 703″ back in 1976–and it hasn’t been substantively updated since.
The main focus now is on using social media to get public feedback on this policy change to the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education and the Montana Board of Regents. Sign the letter here.
Here are some other ways you can get involved:
Students have already gathered hundreds of signatures just in the last week for an online letter addressed to the commissioner of higher education and the board of regents. The campaign has even been featured in a couple of print stories in the Lee Newspapers.
You don’t have to be a student to get involved. The universities need to hear from alumni, sports fans, family and friends, community members and anyone who pays taxes and cares about equality. Signing the letter takes 20 seconds.
The change is an obvious one and should be adopted immediately. As a well thought out opinion piece in The Exponent explains, there are many reasons one policy covering all campuses makes the most sense. The most important reason:
Students — whether they attend UM-Western or MSU-Billings — should have the same assurance of protection.