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5. WHAT IS THE SITUATION REGARDING ROTC AND UCLA?
ROTC must follow the Pentagon's new Don't Ask, Don't Tell guidelines. If a student enrolled
in an ROTC program is discovered to be homosexual, he or she may be put under investigation
and dismissed from the program without course credit. Frequently, dismissal is followed by legal
action taken in an attempt to force the student to pay back any scholarship money received.
ROTC is open to all other students on campus without restrictions on or interference in their pri
vate lives. This policy is in violation of Los Angeles and California law as well as UCLA poli
cy. In spite of these laws and policies, UCLA gives course credit for ROTC, uses University
funds to support the program and allows the program to operate in University facilities.
6. ISN'T THIS THE SAME OLD DEBATE THAT WE JUST FINISHED REGARDING GAYS
AND LESBIANS IN THE MILITARY?
NO. This has very little to do with changing the national policy regarding lesbians and gay men
serving in the military. This has to do with a University in the Los Angeles area that is actively
supporting policies that blatantly discriminate against young lesbian and gay students. If we do
not fight against such policies in our own backyard, then where do we fight? This is not about the
military, per se, this is about UCLA and its support of such policies. This effort will not change
the military policy.
7. WHAT ACTION DOES THE FREEDOM PROJECT WANT UCLA TO TAKE?
We expect UCLA to end its active support of ROTC, cease giving course credit and academic
recognition to the program and suspend the University's financial support of the program.
8. WHY DID THE FREEDOM PROJECT CHOOSE THIS DEBATE?
Quite simply, we are doing this for freedom. Unfair and unlawful discrimination against any
group of people is totally unacceptable. We are committed to removing these barriers of preju
dice against young gay and lesbian people. The support of ROTC on campus by UCLA sends
a false message to all students that it is acceptable to discriminate against homosexuals while
sending a powerful message to these gay and lesbian students that they are less than equal to their
peers. Financial contributions to the UC system by the Department of Defense is not an accept
able reason to violate the spirit and reality of freedom.
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