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Florida Atlantic University committee asked candidate if he was a ‘transgender male’

The search for a new president has been suspended in the interim

The search committee tasked with finding Florida Atlantic University’s new president asked at least one candidate if he was a “transgender male” or “queer,” according to Ray Rodrigues, the chancellor of the State University System of Florida.

The letter to Brad Levine, the chair of FAU’s board of trustees, called for a suspension of the search process, which has since been implemented. In addition to other potential problems, such as secret votes for candidates, the question about sexual orientation likely violated federal law, Rodrigues stated.

He wrote that “at least one candidate reported he was requested to complete a questionnaire and answer is his sexual orientation was ‘queer’ and whether he was a ‘male or transgender male.’”

The same candidate reported being asked in another survey for his pronouns and gender. “These inquiries are wholly irrelevant, inappropriate and potentially illegal,” Rodrigues wrote.

He cited the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission which states that “questions about sex” and gender “are generally viewed as not job-related and problematic under Title VII.”

The committee had reached a final set of three candidates, according to a local news outlet.

“The university announced [July 5] three finalists had been recommended to the University’s Board of Trustees for the university’s top job,” WPTV reported. “Those finalists are Vice Adm. Sean Buck, superintendent of the United States Naval Academy; Michael Hartline, Ph.D., dean of the College of Business at Florida State University; and Jose Sartarelli, Ph.D., former chancellor of the University of North Carolina Wilmington.”

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Matt has previously worked at Students for Life of America, Students for Life Action and Turning Point USA. While in college, he wrote for The College Fix as well as his college newspaper, The Loyola Phoenix. He holds a B.A. from Loyola University-Chicago and an M.A. from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. He lives in northwest Indiana with his family.