Two West Michigan Colleges Won’t Follow University Of Iowa’s Decision To Ask Applicants If They Identify With LGBT Community

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The University of Iowa last week became first public university in the U.S. to inquire about the sexual orientation of prospective undergraduate students, a move meant to better serve and more quickly connect LGBT students with resources.

The question, which is optional and included on the university’s application for admission, has piqued the curiosity of some institutions and may prompt others to follow suite, according to news reports. However, two Grand Rapids-area universities – Grand Valley State University and Ferris State University – have no plans to adopt the question.

In a statement, Ferris spokesman Sandy Gholston says the university views its admissions application “as a living and breathing document.”

“The LGBT category is one that we have considered and will continue to consider as we review our admissions application for future revisions,” Gholston said.

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