Utah university protects gays from discrimination

CEDAR CITY, Utah (AP) — Gay, lesbian and transgender students now will be protected from discrimination at Southern Utah University.

The school’s board of trustees unanimously voted Friday to amend its anti-discrimination policy to include protection for those with an alternative sexual orientation.

SUU and Brigham Young University were the only two institutions of higher education in the state without such a policy.

SUU Student Body President Cody Alderson praised the board’s action, saying it will help ensure a safe and friendly campus atmosphere for everyone regardless of their sexual orientation.

The Student Senate on Nov. 4 passed a resolution that endorsed the policy change.