UNCW chancellor issues statement on HB2
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — UNCW Chancellor Zito Sartarelli has issued a statement regarding any implications on campus due to a new law in North Carolina.
In the statement sent to students and staff, Sartarelli said the information comes from guidance issued to all UNC schools in the system. He said the document was prepared the by the Division of Legal Affairs at General Administration and is in regard to the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act.
In the statement, Sartarelli said the Act does not require UNCW to change its nondiscrimination policies.
“We are steadfast in our commitment to our non-discrimination policies,” Sartarelli said in the statement. “We can either put our heads in the sand and choose to ignore discomfort and unease, or we can engage in a dialogue that can only bring about increased awareness and acceptance of the diversity that helps make us who we are as a community. I choose the latter, and I hope you agree.”
In response to the UNC System’s guidance to its schools, the American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of North Carolina, Lambda Legal, and Equality NC released the a joint statement.
“It’s incredibly disappointing that the University of North Carolina has concluded it is required to follow this discriminatory measure at the expense of the privacy, safety, and wellbeing of its students and employees, particularly those who are transgender,” the statement reads. “By requiring people to use restrooms that do not correspond to their gender identity, this policy not only endangers and discriminates against transgender people – it also violates federal law.”