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Elon University Statement on Chick-Fil-A 


From the office of Dan Anderson, Vice President for University Communications:

The question about whether Chick-fil-A should continue as a vendor at Elon University has generated considerable debate on campus and beyond. Strong opinions have been shared in open forums, Student Government Association meetings, student media, online forums, and in phone calls and emails to the university.

Contrary to many erroneous news reports, a final decision on the matter has not yet been reached. Rather than make a hasty decision about this complex issue, the executive committee of Elon’s Board of Trustees has elected to create a study committee to research the university’s procurement policies and business relationships with external vendors. The study committee will present a report to the Board of Trustees later this academic year.

The current Chick-fil-A restaurant will remain open on campus while the policies are being developed.

The study committee will be chaired by Elon trustee and alumnus William N.P. Herbert, M.D., the William Norman Thornton Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology Emeritus at the University of Virginia, and Connie Ledoux Book, Elon’s Associate Provost for Academic Affairs. Board of Trustees Chair Wes Elingburg and President Leo M. Lambert will appoint the other members of the study committee in consultation with Elon faculty, staff, and student leaders.

People who wish to make their opinions known and offer input on this issue may send an email to the study committee at [email protected]

In keeping with our long-established practices and values, the Elon community is holding a thoughtful and respectful discussion about the broader issues at stake in the decision. The debate involves an important balance – protecting the rights of free speech and expression, and fostering an inclusive campus environment that supports each member of the campus community and welcomes a wide range of religious traditions, identities, and discussions about political and social issues.

Elon University welcomes the involvement of all members of the community in these discussions and asks support for careful deliberations in finding the appropriate decision on these issues. This approach is a hallmark of the Elon community and demonstrates our values of giving everyone an opportunity to express their opinions.

About the author: Joe Bruno

Joe Bruno a senior, broadcast journalism major from Schwenksville, Pennsylvania and is currently serving his second term as News Director for Elon Local News. He has interned at WFMZ-TV in Allentown, PA and WMGM-TV in Atlantic City, NJ.

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