In response to the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act, UIndy President Robert Manuel released the following statement:
“The University of Indianapolis is a community of individuals committed to educating our students to live productive lives of service. We are dedicated to the principle that all people should be treated with fairness and compassion as they seek to understand their full capabilities. UIndy works diligently to construct learning opportunities that allow our students to engage in respectful critical debate about the issues that animate our society. These beliefs have formed the core of our University’s values since our founding, and are deeply held convictions of our community members.
“Because of our mission and core values, the University of Indianapolis stands with many corporate, educational and nonprofit groups in Indiana in opposition to the recently passed Religious Freedom Restoration Act. I have consulted with the officers of our Board of Trustees, and want to be clear that we cannot offer support for this law that may impinge upon the rights of certain groups in our community. The University of Indianapolis does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, age, religion, ethnic or national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, or gender identity and expression.
“As we continue to build an environment of inclusion at UIndy, I join many other leaders in our state in calling for our Governor and our legislators to do the same for our community of Hoosiers.”