Virginia Tech bans transgender discrimination

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BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) – Virginia Tech has added transgender students, faculty and staff to its policy banning discrimination.

The university also is restructuring its diversity initiatives.

The Roanoke Times reports that Virginia Tech President Timothy Sands announced both changes last week to about 400 employees.

Sands tells the newspaper the university wants to send a message that it is an inclusive campus. He says Virginia Tech often is stereotyped because of its rural location, its engineering and technical focus and its history as a predominantly white school.

The school’s Board of Visitors voted in September to revise the discrimination policy to protect gender identity and gender expression.

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