Despite existing non-discriminatory policies at the Commonwealth’s public colleges and universities, the state’s head lawyer wants to pull the plug.
Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II, the three month-old Attorney General for Virginia, has officially asked the state’s public universities to end workplace policies protecting LGBT folks. The state’s colleges and universities have historically made decisions separate from the will of executive and legislative branches; Cuccinelli’s call to begin discriminating has been opposed by the state’s senate Democrats as well as the ACLU.
The AG’s conservative agenda has not been met with cheers and applause:
Cuccinelli’s move has dismayed students and faculty members. It suggests that Cuccinelli intends to take a harder line with the state’s university system, where liberal academics have long coexisted uneasily with state leaders in Richmond.
Higher education has often been a playing field for politicians with aggressive social agendas to enact (or attempt to enact) their individual mandates. Take a look at the debacle that is Florida’s statewide university system, for example, to see how a person in power (namely, Governor Jeb Bush) can wreak havoc on an entire university system.