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    Faculty leaving University in droves over statement they must sign [W:89]

    Faculty leaving University in droves over statement they must sign


    A small Baptist school in Georgia has recently required its faculty members to sign a statement that would cause them to swear to behaving in a certain way

    A university in Georgia is bleeding faculty after adding a new section to employee contracts last October. The "Personal Lifestyle Statement" requires employees to reject homosexuality, premarital sex, adultery, drug use and public drinking near campus. It also mandates that staff be active in a local church.

    In an anonymous survey in April, only 12 percent of faculty and staff said that they planned to stay at Shorter University, a 139-year-old Baptist school, reports Inside Higher Ed. More than 50 resigned before the new contracts were even distributed, and certain departments, such as science and fine arts, have been "eviscerated," according to Michael Wilson, a tenured librarian for the university who's worked there for 14 years.
    One of those who has not resigned is the librarian, Mr Wilson. He's gay and he crossed out the line "I reject as acceptable all sexual activity not in agreement with the Bible, including, but not limited to, premarital sex, adultery, and homosexuality." when he signed the doctrinal behaviour statement. He does not expect to keep his position at the school and has already sent his resume to several other colleges.
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    re: Faculty leaving University in droves over statement they must sign [W:89]

    The statement that they need to sign doesn't seem that extreme....those things only apply when they are "near campus".
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    re: Faculty leaving University in droves over statement they must sign [W:89]

    And so it begins...

    Seriously, by this time people should understand that if they work for any institution... hospital, university, etc. ... that is religiously controlled, that control will eventually be forced upon them, whether they want it or not.

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    re: Faculty leaving University in droves over statement they must sign [W:89]

    School is within their rights, but I find the faculty's response funny and correct.
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    re: Faculty leaving University in droves over statement they must sign [W:89]

    Frankly, I would expect that most people who want to work for a religious school, should not be surprised that the school requires behavioral standards. Private schools are nice to work for, if you're a teacher, but there's a price to pay for getting a cushier job than a public school system offers.
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    re: Faculty leaving University in droves over statement they must sign [W:89]

    Quote Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
    Frankly, I would expect that most people who want to work for a religious school, should not be surprised that the school requires behavioral standards. Private schools are nice to work for, if you're a teacher, but there's a price to pay for getting a cushier job than a public school system offers.
    Presumably these faculty members are all adults.

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    re: Faculty leaving University in droves over statement they must sign [W:89]

    and who said sharia law would not come to the US
    clearly, our own version is alive and healthy in GA
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    re: Faculty leaving University in droves over statement they must sign [W:89]

    I almost went to this school...yikes.
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    re: Faculty leaving University in droves over statement they must sign [W:89]

    Quote Originally Posted by Your Star View Post
    I almost went to this school...yikes.
    oral roberts or liberty university, which did you attend instead?
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    re: Faculty leaving University in droves over statement they must sign [W:89]

    Why should the government be the only ones to control you? All we have now are Federals, States, Counties, Cities and Neighborhoods. This is not enough! Your employers and your neighbors need to get in to the act. Otherwise, some immorality might slip through the net and before you know it it will be man on dog, woman on cat etc.

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