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NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICIALS COMMENT ON VIRGINIA MILITARY INSTITUTE SUPREME COURT DECISION

NORTHFIELD, Vt., June 28 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that the Virginia Military Institute (VMI) must admit women. At Norwich University, the nation's oldest private military college which began admitting women into its own Corps of Cadets in 1974, the decision was seen as a positive step. In the landmark discrimination case, the high court decided that the all-male admissions policy at VMI unconstitutionally discriminates against women.

"Students at VMI and the Citadel will benefit from a coeducational environment," said Frank Griffis, dean of admissions at Norwich University. "Today's military is not a single-sex environment. Our students learn how to work with and report to women, which is the kind of situation they will face in the real world," added Griffis.

Nearly twenty percent of Norwich University's Corps of Cadets are women. The school is completely coed, and many female cadets hold leadership positions on campus and are responsible for training their male counterparts. According to Norwich's Commandant of Cadets Col. Craig Lind, "Integrating women into our Corps was seen as controversial when we did it twenty years ago. It wasn't always easy. But we knew it was the right thing to do if we want to prepare our students for the military or the business world." He added, "I tell the young men in our Corps: You're going to work for and work with women. The sooner you understand that, the better."

Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge and is the nation's oldest private military college. In 1972, Norwich merged with Vermont College, which enabled the University to expand its academic base, extend its offerings to women and add a non-military lifestyle.
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/EDITORS' ADVISORY: Norwich University officials and students are available for phone and in-person interviews. Dean of Admissions Frank Griffis will be in New York over the weekend./

/CONTACT: Elizabeth Upham Howell of Postscript, 802-863-2568/

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