Kiva, the nonprofit organization that promotes education and literacy, said in a statement on Monday that it was “disappointed” to learn that the “Kiva Board of Directors has decided to terminate Kiva’s relationship with Ohio State University over the recent anti-gay statements made by the school’s athletic director.”
Kiva also said that the organization would continue to work with Ohio University to ensure the safety of all students on campus.
Kiva, which has nearly 1.3 million members across 30 countries, said that its “principal concern” is the safety and security of its students.
“We are saddened that the Board of Trustees of Kiva has decided not to renew our partnership with Ohio in the near future,” Kiva said.
“This is a sad day for Kiva and a testament to the strength of our commitment to education and equality for all.
We look forward to working with Ohio to ensure that the safety, security and academic success of our students are fully supported by the community.”
A Kiva spokesman said the organization has no plans to terminate its partnership with the university and that it would “continue to work closely with the institution and to advocate for equal rights and protections for all.”
Ohio State University athletic director Scott Strickland told the Associated Press on Saturday that he was “heartened” by Kiva CEO David Miller’s decision to step down.
He also said the university has no immediate plans to change the way the athletic department deals with its LGBT students.
Kivy is the nonprofit that supports schools like Ohio State, which recently began requiring transgender students to use the bathroom matching the gender on their birth certificate.
Kivas’ decision comes as other schools have been taking steps to ensure they are safe for students and staff.
In October, South Carolina’s state government announced it would require transgender students at private colleges and universities to use bathrooms that correspond with their gender identity.