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Cal Poly faculty votes to remove Chick-fil-A from campus

Cal Poly faculty votes to remove Chick-fil-A from campus

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Faculty at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo have voted to remove Chick-fil-A from their campus.

What happened?

Cal Poly’s Academic Senate, the governing body for the university’s faculty, held a vote on Tuesday 7 May about the status of the Chick-fil-A location on campus. They voted overwhelmingly in favor of removing the controversial restaurant.

The resolution was proposed following recent reports that the company still donates to anti-LGBTI charities.

‘[Cal Poly’s] values statement includes language that identifies LGBTQ as a classification of individuals that we want to embrace in our diversity and inclusion model,’ said Thomas Gutierrez, the Academic Senate’s vice-chair who introduced the resolution. ‘Then you have an organization that regularly and publicly shows up in the national news in great tension with this. So if you have a mission statement that indicates that you value inclusivity and diversity, then you should be making your business decisions based on that.’

According to a letter from the college supporting the resolution, the university’s College of Liberal Arts recommended the following:

‘Cal Poly and the Cal Poly Corporation sever ties with Chick-fil-A and terminate the contract with the on-campus franchise. And be mindful of the practices and donation patterns of its business partners, and that said partners are held to the same high diversity and inclusion standards as the rest of the campus community.’

What’s next?

The resolution will now be sent to Cal Poly President Jeffery Armstrong. He will acknowledge its arrival and then decide whether or not to take action.

According to KCBX News, Gutierrez respects Armstrong but doesn’t expect him to take action as the Chick-fil-A location in question is quite profitable.

‘University administration and Cal Poly Corporation leadership disagree passionately with the ideologies of some of the organizations to which the president of Chick-fil-A has chosen to make personal donations,’ said university spokesperson Matt Lazier. ‘However, university administration’s disagreement with the political views of a given business owner does not give the university license to effectively censor that business and prohibit it from continuing to operate at the university.’

‘I think it’s important to go into the public record that the faculty feel this way on this fairly timely issue,’ Gutierrez said of the resolution. ‘However, I think if students were to get involved, [Armstrong] would actually listen. So I really want to encourage student activists to press on.’

Anything else?

This is not the first time Chick-fil-A locations have been removed or blocked in colleges and at airports due to their anti-LGBTI history. Rider University in New Jersey removed the restaurant as a dining option on campus last year.

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