University of Utah named as top 25 LGBT-friendly school

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  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    Aug. 22, 2012 9:39 p.m.

    I know of plenty liberal professors at BYU.

    I would have been more pleased had the U's academics been rated among the top in the nation.

  • Shimlau SAINT GEORGE, UT
    Aug. 22, 2012 6:56 p.m.

    Brave Sir Robin; did you attend those lectures at BYU? now I also went to the U, but I never heard anyone at BYU proclaiming that the earth is only 7k years old and that dinosaur bones are not real.

  • killpack Sandy, UT
    Aug. 22, 2012 4:56 p.m.

    Utah is like any other university. If you take math, science, engineering, business, i.e. the classes that are actually useful and important in this world, who cares what the political leanings of your teacher are. Do your homework and study for the exams and you'll do fine. On the other hand, classes where you write a lot of papers and have a lot of discussions are going to favor students whose philosophies are in line with the professor's. My advice, if you think you are philosophically going to be at odds with a given professor, and that professor doesn't teach a hard science, don't take the class.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    Aug. 22, 2012 8:53 a.m.

    During my 4 year tenure in engineering at the U, among my professors I had two bishops, a stake president, and a relief society president. But maybe they weren't "conservative" enough - none of them told me that dinosaur bones are not real and the earth is only 7,000 years old (both things that have been lectured on at BYU).

  • Fred44 Salt Lake City, Utah
    Aug. 22, 2012 6:01 a.m.

    DN Subscriber,

    They may not have a lot of republicans on the faculty, but I bet they have a lot of conservatives on the faculty.

  • md Cache, UT
    Aug. 21, 2012 10:02 p.m.

    As a graduate of both undergraduate and graduate programs from the U of U, I can say that I am sure that this rating is correct. I recall an English course that I attended. The instructor made us listen to a panel of LGBT people. One of them made the opening remark to the 50 students in the class, "Welcome to the 5 of you who are in the closet homosexuals". I felt like their opinions were accepted by our instructor and any of us who didn't "actively" participate in the discussion were docked points from our final grade. The University of Utah, like almost every other college in America, is very liberal in it's choices of faculty and staff. This is why I don't pay a dime as an alumni and I now cheer for BYU to beat them.

  • spring street SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Aug. 21, 2012 9:20 p.m.

    @DN subscriber
    As someone that actual has more then one degree from the university I can tell you the faculty has a wide range of opinions across the political spectrum, that does not however mean that if you express an opinion that it will not be challenged regardless of your political leanings and that is where I watched many students struggle in school. A a good university by its very nature is in the habit of challenging even your most deeply held opinions.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 21, 2012 5:16 p.m.

    That's very nice.

    Now. how well do they do on accepting and encouraging "diversity" of opinion, as in the number of conservatives on their faculty.

    Probably not nearly as well, although it may be better than most of academia.