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UND's University Senate addresses faculty hiring language concerning traditional marriage

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UND’s University Senate has passed two resolutions meant to clarify the fact that faculty are oftentimes unintentionally supporting a traditional definition of marriage by signing an oath to the state constitution.

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Student Body President Nick Creamer said he wasn’t aware the issue was going to be discussed and that it was a last-minute addition to last week’s meeting agenda.

“The discussion really was prompted by the fact that no one had even noticed it until now,” he said.

In order to be employed by the North Dakota University System, state law requires faculty to sign a statement affirming support for the state constitution. This includes a section defining marriage as the legal union between a man and a woman.

The first resolution asks university officials to include a line in job advertisements which states, “As a condition of employment, the University of North Dakota requires United States Citizens to make an oath or affirmation of support (to) the Constitution of the United States of America and to the Constitution of the State of North Dakota.” The motion called for a link to the constitution to be included, as well.

The second resolution urged UND officials to review the policy and include a statement in that oath that an individual has the right to object to language in the constitution related to separation of church and state.

Provost Thomas DiLorenzo will consider the resolutions, but it is still unknown what the next steps will be for UND.

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