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Christian College Could Lose Accreditation In A Year Over ‘Homosexual Practice’ Ban

Update on this story: Gordon College has a year to convince its accrediting body that the evangelical school’s ban on “homosexual practice” is not discriminatory, the Boston Business Journal reports:

The higher education commission of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges met last week and “considered whether Gordon College’s traditional inclusion of ‘homosexual practice’ as a forbidden activity” runs afoul of the commission’s standards for accreditation, according to a joint statement from NEASC and Gordon College.

The commission asked Gordon College to submit a report next September. The report should describe the process by which the college has approached its review of the policy “to ensure that the College’s policies and procedures are non-discriminatory,” the statement said.

Gordon bought itself time by setting up its own working group to review the policy. The president of the commission said

the long time frame that Gordon College has been allowed for the review is appropriate considering that Gordon College’s policy is “deeply embedded in the culture of the college” and such things “don’t change overnight.”

The working group will release a preliminary report in November, a school spokesman said.

The school got itself on the accrediting body’s fall agenda because its president, renowned sociologist and author D. Michael Lindsay, signed a letter to the Obama administration asking for a faith-based exemption to new contractor rules on hiring and sexual orientation.

Read the full Business Journal article here.

h/t Inside Higher Ed

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