Indiana University President Pamela Whitten issues statement after Indiana Republicans defund Kinsey Institute in the new state budget

FILE PHOTO — BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – AUGUST 27: Members of a biker club provide “security” as anti-sex education activists march around during an Anti-Kinsey Institute demonstration at Indiana University on, August 27, 2022, in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)

Indiana University President Pamela Whitten issued the following statement after the Indiana Republican supermajority legislature approved a new budget in the middle of the night, which excludes the Kinsey Institute from any state funding:

“Indiana University President Pamela Whitten issued the following statement following action from the Indiana General Assembly to adopt a budget that includes language prohibiting state funding for the Kinsey Institute:

“As a premier research institution with a 200-year legacy of impact within our state and around the world, IU is firmly committed to academic freedom. The university is concerned that a provision singling out a specific research institute sets a troubling precedent with implications that could limit the ability of public colleges and universities to pursue research and scholarship that benefits people and improves lives.

IU will conduct a thorough legal review to ensure the university follows state law. The university is committed to the ongoing crucial research and robust scholarship conducted by IU faculty and the Kinsey Institute.”

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