WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Officials at Purdue University have rejected a push by some students and staff to abandon plans to include Chick-fil-A in a new residence hall that will open next year, stating that it would not be “inclusive” for the university to exclude the popular fast food restaurant.
“We would not be promoting choice and freedom by depriving thousands of people in our community of a choice they have long sought and are already taking advantage of in large numbers,” the university said in a statement on Friday. “And, we would not be practicing inclusion by excluding a completely legitimate business and its staff from our campus.”
According to reports, after more than 3,000 students and others had signed a Change.org petition to bring Chick-fil-A to Purdue University, it was announced in late July that the chicken chain and Jersey Mike’s subs would be moving in to the upcoming Third Street Suites North.
However, some students and faculty were unhappy with the announcement as they believe that Chick-fil-A is anti-homosexual and gives money to organizations that oppose homosexuality.
Linda Prokopy, a professor and member of the Purdue Senate’s Equity and Diversity Committee, told the Journal & Courier that “there are students, there are staff and there are faculty on this campus who are hurting by a decision made by this university.”
“The presence of businesses on our campus that do not promote inclusivity goes against our own university policy,” Audrey Ruple, the chair of
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