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U. of Vermont Cancels Game at Chapel Hill Over ‘Bathroom Bill’

Citing concerns about North Carolina’s controversial “bathroom bill,” the University of Vermont has canceled a scheduled women’s basketball game against the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Burlington Free Press reports.

“We strive very hard to create an inclusive climate for our students and staff in which they all can feel safe, respected, and valued,” the university’s athletic director, Jeff Schulman, said in a written statement. “It would be hard to fulfill these obligations while competing in a state with this law, which is contrary to our values as an athletic department and university.”

North Carolina has faced considerable controversy for the swift passage of House Bill 2, which mandates that people in the state use public bathrooms that correspond with the sex listed on their birth certificates. The National Basketball Association has moved the 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte in response to the law.

In recent weeks, Marist College has faced criticism for agreeing to play a men’s basketball game against Duke University, filling in for the University of Albany, which had pulled out in response to HB 2. (Marist’s president, David Yellen, has said that he does not believe the university should boycott North Carolina over the law, but that the decision to play should not be equated with indifference to LGBT rights.)

Leaders at public North Carolina colleges, including Chapel Hill, have responded to the law by saying it is not enforceable.

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