Friday, December 14, 2012

University Settles Suit Brought By Christian Counseling Student Who Was Expelled

As reported by Baptist Press, earlier this week, Eastern Michigan University agreed to settle a lawsuit by a former student in its graduate counseling program who was expelled after she refused in a practicum course to counsel gay clients on same-sex relationships. The U.S. 6th Circuit last January held that the case should go to trial on the issue of whether the Christian student, Julea Ward, was ejected from the counseling program because of hostility toward her speech and faith. (See prior posting.) The University has agreed to pay Ward $75,000 and remove the expulsion from her record. No changes in the University's policies, programs or curricular requirements, however, were involved in the settlement.