Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, has a clear policy that seeks to guarantee that the services and benefits offered to its students are available equally to all. This includes equality regardless of sexual orientation. However, ROTC programs are governed by the United States Department of Defense, which maintains a policy of discrimination against gays, lesbians, and bisexuals. Hence, equal opportunities are not guaranteed to all who may wish to fully participate in ROTC programs.
The university's opposition to the Department of Defense policy of discrimination will be actively maintained until full equality of access and benefits is available to all, regardless of sexual orientation. In the meantime, the university has secured the rights of all students to enroll in and receive academic credit for ROTC courses. Students who believe that they have been subjected to discrimination by ROTC, or by any other division of the university, should contact Dr. Gregory S. Blimling, Vice President for Student Affairs (732-932-8576).