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UC schools looking to add sexual orientation to applications

Posted on: March 29, 2012

Anyone who has filled out an application for a university knows about the reams and reams of data that colleges like to collect regarding their incoming students.  But, starting next year, the UC system might have one more data point to collect: their students’ sexual orientation.

The question would be optional, and likely on a secondary form rather than the application itself to avoid any possibility of discrimination.  And, according to CBS, as long as the question is optional most of the students at UCLA don’t seem to mind the idea.

“I think it’s fine. They’re just collecting information to kind of cater to the population. It’s not obligatory — it’s voluntary — so it’s up to you whether you want to or not,” said high school senior Brian Vo, who was visiting his friend Quincy Vien on the UCLA campus.

The hope is that having better data on the amount of LGBT students on campus will lead to better support and awareness by campus officials.

Queer Alliance Board member Luis Roman enthusiastically supports the idea because he believes it will bring badly needed services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students.

“I think the numbers are way bigger than we really imagine or know,” Roman said.

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