Last February, chaplains of the University of Rhode Island honored gay and lesbian students for raising awareness of inequities on campus during a much publicized sit-in at the library.
The students, in turn, surprised their adviser, Andrew Winters, with their own “Certificate of Service and Admirable Citizenship,” which recognized him as their advocate.
But three weeks later, Winters, assistant to the vice president for student affairs, received a blistering letter of reprimand from Kathryn A. Friedman, interim associate vice president for equity and diversity.
Several weeks after that, Winters went on administrative leave and in June he left URI. Neither he, Friedman nor other university officials will comment on the details of her letter and his resignation.