Campus Pride Blog

Students at New Jersey’s Stockton College to Vote on Chick-fil-A

The vote follows a campus survey in which just under half of respondents answered that Chick-fil-A’s donating practices go against Stockton College’s values statements.

As conversations about Chick-fil-A continue on campuses across the country, Stockton College’s Student Senate is preparing to vote next Tuesday on the company’s presence on campus. The chicken provider has been a topic of debate at Stockton since last year. Heightened news coverage of donations by WinShape, Chick-fil-A’s charitable arm, to anti-LGBT groups have encouraged students to continue pushing for removal.

Their efforts have received some media attention, including the story of an “out” gay student who was verbally harassed by a group of students tabling near the Chick-fil-A on campus. The students shouted, “We love Chick-fil-A!” followed by an anti-gay slur targeted at the student. The Chick-fil-A exists on campus through the college’s food service provider, Chartwells. Student meal plan money goes to Chick-fil-A whether or not students eat there, reports the Barnegat-Manahawkin Patch.

Earlier this semester, 1,876 students on the campus of 7,000+ were surveyed about their thoughts on Chick-fil-A with the following results, which were shared with Campus Pride by a student senator:

  • 88.5% of respondents were aware of Chick-fil-A’s “controversial donating practices.”
  • 68.7% of respondents answered that they still ate at Chick-fil-A.
  • 49.6% of respondents answered that Chick-fil-A’s donating practices go against Stockton College’s values statements.
  • 65.9% of respondents supported Chick-fil-A remaining on campus.

Despite the survey’s mixed results, LGBT students and their supporters remain hopeful that the Student Senate will vote in support of removing Chick-fil-A from campus. The vote will take place on Tuesday, November 20, 2012, at 4:30 pm in the College Campus Center’s Board of Trustees room.