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Expelled From A Religious University For Being A Lesbian

Posted on Saturday, 15th June 2013 @ 04:10 PM by Text Size A | A | A

Grace University, a religious institution, expelled a female student for going against school policy. Danielle Powell was kicked out when the university found out that she is a lesbian. According to the university’s policies, it is a violation of the student handbook to be “involved in any form of sexually immoral behavior, including premarital sex, adultery, and homosexual acts.” Not only was Powell found to be in violation of the university’s student handbook, she was also asked to pay back the $6,300 scholarship granted by Grace University for her undergraduate studies.

Powell explained to the board her situation and was later given the choice to be re-admitted into Grace University only if she agreed to go to counseling and attend different programs to help ease her back into a religious lifestyle. In addition, Grace University has also stated that if Powell wants her course credits to transfer to a different institution, she will have to pay the university in order to do so.

Despite the religious policies of the university, this is clearly a violation of the rights of Ms. Powell. Being a lesbian is not a choice; therefore, no amount of so-called religious redemption is possible simply for the sake of the university. She may have been in violation of the university’s policies; however, expulsion is a big decision to make, especially when adding the withholding of course credits, a factor that is unrelated to sexual orientation to begin with. She clearly earned the credits herself and received the university scholarship as a result; therefore, her being a lesbian should not affect what she has earned because of hard work and dedication.

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