RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – The University of Vermont Athletic Department has announced that they have cancelled its women’s basketball game against UNC in Chapel Hill scheduled for Dec. 28 due to House Bill 2, the school’s athletic director Jeff Schulman said.
In a statement Schulman said,
The decision to cancel to our Dec. 28 women’s basketball game at North Carolina was made as a result of concerns over the HB2 law, which prevents transgender people from using government-run bathrooms based on their gender identity.
We strive very hard to create an inclusive climate for our students and staff in which they all can feel safe, respected, and valued. 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.
This decision was made in consultation with our coaches, the women’s basketball team, and key university officials. We fully understand and sympathize with the impact that this decision may have on the North Carolina women’s basketball schedule. However, we believe this decision is consistent with our values and the conversations with our coaches and student team members. These were the most important considerations.”
The Catamounts finished the 2015-16 season with a 9-21 record.