The Babes-Bolyai University described itself as „astounded” that „an academic theory could be banned by law” and urged lawmakers from creating „an unwanted precedent for academic and scientific activity”.
Vlad Alexandrescu, a centre-right senator and university professor, wrote in a Facebook post that with the law „Romania is aligning itself with positions promoted by Hungary and Poland and becoming a regime introducing thought policing”.
A number of professors have already indicated that they would not adhere to the legislation, including Gelu Duminica, who teaches Sociology at the University of Bucharest.
He said in a Facebook post that he doesn’t intend to stop incorporating gender elements into his teachings „for the simple reason that if I did, I wouldn’t be doing my duty anymore”.
„My role is to guide my students to understand man’s behaviour in society. And people are diverse,” he added.
The legislation now needs to be approved by President Klaus Iohannis.
The National Alliance of Student Organisations in Romania and the National Council of Students have launched a petition to urge Iohannis to reject the law, arguing it would „send education in Romania back to the Middle Ages”.