Shorter College, my Alma Mater, has been in national news recently. The school is a Baptist college in Rome, GA.
The statement can be found at the link below:
The statement has caused quite a controversy. According to reports, there are student protesters as well as faculty who have resigned.
The university president defended the decision, saying it falls in line with what the school promotes as a private Christian college.
The Board of Trustees chairman-elect explained the decision.
Joe Frank Harris Jr., chairman-elect of the [university’s] board of trustees, said the statement approved by the board Oct. 21 was needed for faculty and staff “to understand the mission of Shorter, understand that we are a school of Baptist heritage, and that we are an institution of the Georgia Baptist Convention.”
“They must understand the environment in which they work, and they must be loyal to that environment,” Harris said.
I believe the college has a right to require a code of conduct. A personal lifestyle statement enables the board to hire those who are willing to live by that code. I have no problem with what the college is doing. Those who do not want to honor a biblical modeled lifestyle are always free to go elsewhere to school or to look for other employment.
- Shorter University faculty leaving over new ‘lifestyle’ statements (insidehighered.com)
- Shorter University’s ‘Anti-Gay’ Pledge Causes More Than 60 Faculty To Resign (inquisitr.com)