Mo. Southern to explore added protection for gays

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri Southern State University committee is looking into adding protections for gays and lesbians to its nondiscrimination policy.

On Friday, Board of Governors President Rod Anderson told the committee it should “investigate, inquire, and advise the best way to proceed regarding university policy.”

The Joplin Globe reported that the committee is made up of members of the board and the Joplin school’s president, Bruce Speck.

Earlier this month, the university’s faculty senate approved a proposal that would protect gays and lesbians from discrimination in the school’s hiring policies. But the proposal did not include the school’s overall nondiscrimination policy.

Students have been staging protests demanding the addition of protections for gay and lesbian students.