Eastern University on Hold from CCCU after Dropping Ban on LGBTQ Faculty

Until this semester, Eastern welcomed LGBTQ students and allowed a student-led club, Refuge, to advocate for the LGBTQ students. But its student handbook banned “inappropriate displays of affection” and “sexual intimacy…outside of marriage between a man and a woman.” That has now been amended. Sex outside of marriage is still prohibited, but marriage is no longer defined as the union of a man and a woman. 

(RNS) — Eastern University, a Christian school affiliated with the American Baptist Churches USA, has amended its policies to allow for the hiring of LGBTQ faculty and to add sexual orientation to its non-discrimination statement.

As a result, its membership with the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities has been put on hold during the 2022-23 academic year, and the school is no longer listed online among the 150 U.S. and Canadian schools that belong to the Christian higher education association.

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