APSU announced the adoption of a new nondiscrimination statement on Monday, April 27, which includes members of the LGBT community.

The updated Notice of Nondiscrimination reads, “APSU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, age, status as a protected veteran, genetic information or any other legally protected class with respect to all employment, programs and activities sponsored by APSU.”

The Notice of Nondiscrimination can be found at the bottom of every APSU webpage.

“The addition of LGBT groups is long overdue from APSU’s nondiscrimination policy,” said President of the Gay-Straight Alliance, Dani Hunter. “There are still things to do to improve these relations, but this is definitely a step in the right direction.”

The original Nondiscrimination statement did not protect employees or students on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information or status as a protected veteran, and this new statement attempts to break down these forms of discrimination.