At Tech, an ideological dispute over diversity

May 9, 2009

A letter from Virginia Tech's president reaffirming the university's commitment to diversity has reignited an ideological dispute over political correctness on campus.

Tech officials last month backed away from a proposed policy that critics said tied promotion and tenure to participation in diversity initiatives. An array of mostly conservative organizations had lobbied against the guidelines, calling them an affront to academic freedom and a political litmus test for promotion...

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