Earlier this week, the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system banned team travel to the state of North Carolina, citing a controversial law that bans transgender people from using the bathrooms and locker rooms designated for the gender for which they identify.
Since then, the U.S. Justice Department has intervened, informing North Carolina that the law cannot be enforced.In response to this intervention, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities released a statement, which you can read below:
From Minnesota State Colleges and Universities
On April 2, citing opposition to discriminatory legislation passed in North Carolina, Governor Dayton directed that all employees of Minnesota state agencies refrain from nonessential business travel to the state. On May 2, the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities presidents implemented a similar travel ban for our state colleges and universities. On May 4, the U.S. Justice Department notified North Carolina that the legislation in question, House Bill 2, violates the U.S. Civil Rights Act and ordered the state to remedy the violation by not enforcing the law.
In light of the intervention from the U.S. Justice Department, the presidents of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities are confident that the deplorable discrimination embedded in North Carolina’s legislation is being addressed. Therefore, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities have lifted their ban on travel to North Carolina.
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