University of Minnesota Official Refutes Holiday Memo

Dec 20, 2017

A University of Minnesota official denies that the document titled, “Religious Diversity and the Holidays,” represents a policy of the school, stating instead that it was an “ill-advised” memo from “one individual that was not distributed broadly.” The University has clarified and distanced itself from this holiday memo.

The University representative stated: “There is no ‘Religious Diversity and the Holidays’ memo. The actions of a single employee, whose attempt at a diversity training session was, to be blunt, ill-advised, does not constitute a policy on the part of the University. The document in question was created by one individual as part of a session for a segment of employees within one area of the University. It was not provided by, reviewed by, or approved by the University of Minnesota; the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences; or the University’s Office of Equity and Diversity. The document was not distributed broadly to CFANS employees (or anyone else at the University of Minnesota, for that matter).” 

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