The Chronicle of Higher Education
April 1st, 2015
Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act has stoked national
controversy and outrage since Gov. Mike Pence signed it into law, on
Thursday. Meanwhile, for university leaders in the state, it’s become a
The ramifications of the law are unclear. Advocates say it’s meant to
protect religious liberty, but many others have expressed concern that
the law will become a tool of discrimination — a way to allow businesses
to turn away lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender customers.
Perhaps because of the lack of clarity about the law, colleges are
fielding calls from concerned prospective students and their parents.
Current students and faculty members are voicing their concerns, too.
University leaders have had to make a decision: Do they speak out
against the law? How do they strike a balance between protecting the
free exchange of ideas on their campuses and promising to be inclusive?