SALT LAKE CITY — The president of the University of Utah said the school will begin to discontinue “any type of diversity statements or similar practices,” citing “recent statements” by Utah leaders that have pushed back against the practice in recent weeks, as well as new directives issued by Utah Board of Higher Education, according to an email obtained by KSL.

The email, sent internally by University of Utah President Taylor Randall to other administrators on Friday, calls on all of the school’s hiring units to make the change.

“Human resources teams on main campus and University of Utah Health are available to assist in designing job postings and potential interview questions for positions to accommodate the need to assess an applicant’s knowledge and ability to meet all aspects of a job function,” he wrote.

Utah Rep. Katy Hall, R-South Ogden, did talk at length about her proposal since it remains a work in progress. Her proposed legislation last year on the same topic — a growing area of concern among some conservative lawmakers across the country — ultimately stalled.

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