Southern Utah University has agreed to
amend its anti-discrimination policy to include sexual orientation
and gender identity, the Spectrum reported.
The school's board of trustees voted on
the issue Friday, agreeing unanimously to protect gay, lesbian and
transgender students from discrimination.
The move leaves Brigham Young
University and Utah Valley University as the only institutions of
higher learning in Utah without such a policy.
“I think it's good that the board of
trustees recognized the importance of providing equal protections for
students so the campus atmosphere is safe, friendly and accommodating
to everyone regardless of their sexual orientation,” Cody Alderson,
the school's student body president, told the paper.
Last month, Salt Lake City became the
first city in the state to outlaw discrimination on the basis of
sexual orientation and gender identity in the areas of housing and
employment. Lawmakers voted unanimously after the Mormon Church
approved the measure.