Statements from VCU regarding gay volleyball coach

"We adhere to federal and state laws and regulations that protect the privacy of our employees and the conditions of their employment. The employment action was taken in compliance with appropriate VCU employment practices and policies.

"VCU and its athletic director, Ed McLaughlin, are fully committed to the core value of diversity – as reflected in the university's diversity statement and strategic plan. As the Commonwealth's most diverse university, we practice the spirit of that policy statement every day."

- Pamela DiSalvo Lepley
Executive Director, Division of University Relations

"A core value of Virginia Commonwealth University – and one that I personally share – is diversity. I came to VCU because of how the university embraces diversity and inclusive excellence and fosters a community where differences are valued and respected. It is unfortunate that Mr. Finley feels the decision not to renew his contract was based on anything other than previously stated concerns about the volleyball program. As I said earlier this month, the VCU volleyball program needs new leadership if it is to achieve athletic and academic success at an elite level nationally. I am confident about the path ahead and the upcoming search for a new head coach."

- Ed McLaughlin
Director of Athletics