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
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.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.