Community Messages

June 18, 2019 (reissued from September 18, 2017)

Dear University community:

During the Obama administration, a policy directive was issued to the military that would have allowed for the recruitment of transgender individuals.  The Trump administration reversed this directive in an August 25, 2017 Presidential Memorandum and ordered the military to maintain a policy of prohibiting the recruitment of transgender individuals, pending further study. 

The University is required by several federal laws, including the Solomon Amendment, to permit the military to recruit on-campus, despite the fact that its recruitment policy directly conflicts with the University of Pittsburgh's Non-Discrimination Policy.   Compliance with these laws should not be construed as agreement with the ban against the recruitment of transgender individuals. To the contrary, the University remains committed to diversity, inclusion, non-discrimination, and equal protection under the law. 

If you have any questions regarding our policies and our practices in this area,  I encourage you to contact our office by calling 412-648-7860 or email at


Pamela W. Connelly
Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion


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