ROTC Policy Regarding Homosexuals


  • Lee S. Duemer Averett College



Educational History, Educational Policy, Higher Education, Homophobia, Homosexuality, Institutional Role, Military Training, Qualitative Research


This is a policy analysis, in a historical context, of how Association of American University institutions responded to Reserve Officer Training Corps policy excluding homosexuals. The time period for this study is 1982 to 1992. Qualitative methods are used to analyze data and arrive at conclusions. Secondary data provide additional depth and background. This study reveals seven different positions institutions have taken in response to ROTC policy, these include: supporting ROTC policy, neutrality, collective action, barring military recruiters from campus, distancing the institution from ROTC, and changing the campus climate. This includes examples taken from AAU institutions and rationales behind making policy decisions.


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Author Biography

Lee S. Duemer, Averett College

Lee S. Duemer received his M.A. (Higher Education, 1993) and Ph.D. (Social, Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Education, 1996) at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Education. He is currently Foundation and Business Relations Officer at Averett College in Danville, Virginia. His research interest is the history and politics of policy issues in higher education.




How to Cite

Duemer, L. S. (1997). ROTC Policy Regarding Homosexuals. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 5, 9.




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