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To quote or escape?

I'm evaluating ldap servers and I'm having a (possible) problem with <comma>

We have some entries with <comma> in the ou. For example we have

ou="Electrical, Computer and Systems Engineering"


ou=Electrical\, Computer and Systems Engineering

I would have expected that these two would be equivalent. However, if I quote it that's what ends up in the dn, similarly if I escape it. The entry looks like:

dn: ou=Electrical\, Computer and Systems Engineering, o=Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, c=US
telephoneNumber: 518-555-5555
facsimileTelephoneNumber: 518 555-5555
objectclass: top
objectclass: organizationalunit
ou: Electrical\, Computer and Systems Engineering

If I add entries to the above, I have to escape the comma in the same way. Is this expected behaviour?