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LGBT On College Campuses: UCLA Considers Asking Incoming Students Their Sexual Orientation (VIDEO)

First Posted: 03/12/2012 2:35 pm Updated: 03/13/2012 1:10 am

Should UCLA ask incoming students about their sexual orientation?

An op-ed from UCLA's student-run Daily Bruin newspaper says that despite the potential intrusion into a student's personal life, gathering figures about how many students identify with the LGBT community could allow the university to better serve and support members of the community.

The proposal, which was recommended by the Academic Senate, would be an optional question and would only be asked of students once they've already been accepted, CBS reports.

Everyone that CBS spoke to on UCLA's campus supports the proposal, on the condition that the question is optional.

Some members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender (LGBT) community think that results from the question would show that their numbers are larger than the university realizes. They also hope that the numbers will help create more services for LGBT students.

One student told CBS that he wishes he could have talked to current LGBT UCLA students to get advice before entering as a freshmen.

Another student said that there should be a dorm floor for LGBT students, as there is for Latino, African American and science-interested students.

The Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs Lawrence H. Pitts will decide whether or not to pass the proposal.

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Filed by Kathleen Miles  |