This is not the right way to do things…
Many faculty members of Kansas University are not supporters of allowing Chick-fil-A to be eaten on campus because they think that the chain is in violation of “safety and inclusion”
The university committee, packed with “intense anger,” expects America’s favorite restaurant to be withdrawn from the university as a “bastion of bigotry” after KU administrators moved a Chick-fil-A from the basement to the Memorial Union campus. But worse yet, to the council, is the “Chick-fil-A Coin Toss” at the start of the Jayhawks’ football home games.
“The culture of Chick-fil-A fosters hate and discrimination on multiple levels,” the Sexuality & Gender Diversity Faculty and Staff Council wrote in a two-page letter, accusing university leaders of being “more concerned about money and corporate sponsorship than the physical, emotional, and mental well being of marginalized and LGBTQ people.”
While the fast-food chain is known for its outstanding customer service, it came under fire several occasions after its chairman and CEO, Dan Cathy, openly endorsed traditional wedding in 2012 and critics accused Chick-fil-A of being anti-LGBTQ for his voluntary contribution to the Family Research Council and Salvation Army, to name a few.
The faculty group added: “The arrival of Chick-fil-A in this building is insulting, counterproductive and unacceptable.”
In reaction, a petition for students, alumni, and concerned people to submit to Chancellor Doug Girod was initiated by the College Republicans on campus.
“Tell our university administration that our community wants Chick-fil-A on this campus,” the conservative group wrote.
Katie Batza, an associate professor of women and gender studies, told the Kansas City Star that hundreds “will boycott or protest” but lamented that the request was “falling on deaf ears.”
Interim Provost Carl Lejuez sent an email to faculty and staff, however.
“Moving forward, I believe it is important to have thoughtful discussion and deliberation when we enter into contracts. In the future, we will do so in a manner that is transparent and informed by our commitment to affirm diversity and to be a welcoming and inclusive campus,” the email said, according to the University Daily Kansas.