- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The University of South Carolina Upstate (USCU) is closing The Center for Women’s and Gender Studies (CWGS) and using the saving to teach future students about the Constitution, Declaration of Independence, and Federalist Papers.

The closing, which will happen July 1, will save the university $45,000 per year, Campus Reformreported.


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The department’s closing will also put the state in compliance with a 90-year-old state law, which requires all colleges to teach students a year’s worth of courses on the nation’s founding documents, the educational watchdog said.

SCU Chancellor Tom Moore said the closing of the center, which was prompted by the South Carolina House of Representatives, was not a retaliatory measure enacted after the university was caught up in a scandal over its play: “How to Be a Lesbian in 10 Days or Less.” The play was ultimately canceled.


“Not only is this decision not punitive or a response to external pressure, it is part of an effort to be consistent and systematic across academic affairs in how we administer and support various programs,” Mr. Moore said, Campus Reform reported.