WEST LAFAYETTE Ind. (WLFI)- Purdue University announced today it will move forward with adding a Chick-Fil-A to campus despite the controversy it has caused among faculty and staff. The decision comes after the Purdue Faculty Senate considers a proposal that would require all commercial entities to comply with the university's equal opportunity standards.
Some are disappointed with the decision, other students say they are excited to have the fast-food chain come to campus.
"I think it sends a pretty strong message to our faculty staff and students who are LGBTQ that we don't really support them and that makes me very sad,” says Linda Prokopy a Member of the Equity and Diversity Committee, Purdue Senate
Chick-Fil-A has been in the national spotlight not only for their tasty chicken but also for their political and religious views. In a statement Friday, the University said: "Purdue will continue to welcome Chick-fil-A to our campus given the overwhelming demand for their service from students, staff, and faculty."
Some affiliated with the Purdue Faculty Senate say Chick-Fil-A does not comply with the university's equal opportunity policy and say they would react the same way to any commercial establishment that doesn't comply with university policy.
"We have a very strong policy at Purdue that we don't discriminate,” added Prokopy. “I was very disappointed in Purdue's very fast reaction that we are going to be hosting a company on campus that we know through how they spend their profits discriminates."
While there have been students and staff members not happy with the decision, some students say they are excited to see the fast-food chain come to campus.
"I'm pretty excited I am a big Chick-Fil-a fan and I love their food,” said Matt Reid a Freshman at Purdue.
"Me personally, at my high school Chick-Fil-A, was a huge thing,” said Isha SUra a freshman at Purdue. “Everyone went there to just hang out and do homework and eat so I am excited about that because it's kind of like a blast from the past and I'll get to do it with my college friends too."
While students support equality some say having a Chick-Fil-A on campus is no different than embracing religious establishments on Purdue's Campus as well.
"I mean there is Chick-Fil-A nationwide,” said Frezam Berki a freshman at Purdue. Having one on campus is no different than having a mosque or a church on campus that doesn't support LGBTQ, either.”
Purdue Faculty Senate proposed a resolution that would require all commercial entities located on campus be required to uphold the same values as Purdue's equal opportunity policy.
The proposal will be discussed at the next Purdue Senate meeting. Purdue did say the Chick-Fil-A operator on campus is bound by Purdue's non-discrimination policy statement. To read the university's statement click here.