Gallaudet University President President Alan Hurwitz sent the following message to the Gallaudet University student body a few minutes ago, announcing that Chief Diversity Officer Angela McCaskill is now on paid administrative leave.  This move follows revelations yesterdayof McCaskill signing an anti-gay marriage petition in Maryland.

Dear Campus Community,

I want to inform the community that I have placed Dr. Angela McCaskill on paid administrative leave effective immediately. It recently came to my attention that Dr. McCaskill has participated in a legislative initiative that some feel is inappropriate for an individual serving as Chief Diversity Officer; however, other individuals feel differently. I will use the extended time while she is on administrative leave to determine the appropriate next steps taking into consideration the duties of this position at the university. In the meantime an interim Chief Diversity Officer will be announced in the near future.

Alan

In addition to e-mail, Gallaudet also posted the message on its Facebook page, where students and others responded, with some calling for the diversity officer’s resignation.