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President Jim Conwell’s Statement in Response to RFRA

March 31, 2015

The passage and signing of Indiana Senate Enrolled Act 101, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), has been divisive, to be sure, with many on both sides of the issue passionately expressing their viewpoints. Regardless of one’s position on this law, most would agree that the ensuing public discourse and its impact on the state of Indiana and its citizens have been hurtful and unfortunate. 

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology historically has not taken a stance on legislation, preferring to allow faculty, staff, and students to speak to issues on a personal level in a free and open environment. Consistent with that practice, Rose-Hulman will not try to speak with a single voice on RFRA.

No matter the outcome of the public dialog, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology seeks diversity in our recruitment of students and employees, and we have an unequivocal non-discrimination policy that includes race, religion, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation. To do otherwise would be counter to the tenets of engineering practice and education, which  recognizes that collective wisdom creates better solutions than the selective wisdom of a few.

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology is, and continues to be, an institution that respects the individual and the varying perspectives each of us brings to the conversation. It is our hope that we can continue to exchange our ideas in a respectful way that preserves the very qualities of our collegial culture that Rose-Hulman values so highly.