Harvard President Links Campus Ban On ROTC To "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"
Harvard University President Drew Gilpin Faust said that ROTC will be welcome on campus once it repeals "don't ask, don't tell," the Boston Globe reports.
In an interview with a number of Globe editors and reporters, Faust discussed the university's plan for expansion, the upcoming return of former president Lawrence Summers, more rigorous admissions policies and other controversial topics -- including the school's relationship with ROTC.
Although the Reserve Officers' Training Corps has been banned from the university since 1969, Faust asserted that she is prepared to "regularize our relationship" with the program contingent on the repeal, as Harvard does not allow discriminatory undergraduate groups on campus. Currently, students who are interested in ROTC participate via MIT with Faust's full support.
Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown blasted Faust for her comments. "I am extremely disappointed to learn of Harvard University's decision to continue to ban ROTC from its campus," he said in a statement reported by the Globe. "It is incomprehensible to me that Harvard does not allow ROTC to use its facilities, but welcomes students who are in this country illegally."
Brown was referring to Faust's support of the Dream Act, which failed to come to a vote this week.
The Globe interview was just a part of Faust's busy day yesterday. At night, she threw the opening pitch at Fenway park, the Harvard Crimson reports. She called the act "terrifying."
What do you think? Should Harvard allow ROTC back on campus? Tell us your thoughts below.