University of Minnesota Now Has an “Expiration Date” on Campus Buildings if Namesakes Ever Committed Wrongthink
“University leaders said the new policy will allow more people to be honored with building names over time.”
This is like a new hobby for progressives now. Going through someone’s history looking for a reason to cancel them.
The Star Tribune reports:
University of Minnesota campus buildings may be renamed after 75 years under new policy
Campus buildings at the University of Minnesota may now be renamed after 75 years, or earlier if their namesakes were found to have committed wrongful behavior.
The U’s Board of Regents approved a policy change Friday putting an expiration date on the names of most campus buildings and establishing criteria for renaming structures honoring controversial figures. University leaders said the new policy will allow more people to be honored with building names over time.
President Joan Gabel’s new building naming policy had been in the works since a bruising debate on the topic roiled the Twin Cities campus in 2019. Students, faculty and former President Eric Kaler pushed then to rename four buildings whose namesakes were accused of supporting residence hall segregation. Regents rejected stripping their names from the buildings, citing their historical contributions and concerns about the quality of evidence, among other things.
“The presence of this policy would have helped immeasurably through that process,” Regent David McMillan said. “It’s a far improvement on where we found ourselves then.”
The new 75-year term for building names does not apply to structures named after donors. Their names will remain through the building’s lifespan unless revelations about their pasts prompts a review.
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