Danielle Powell was reportedly kicked out of Grace University for being a lesbian and is being forced to repay thousands before school will allow her to transfer to another college.
Danielle Powell was close to getting her bachelor’s degree when she was kicked out of her university for being gay in 2012, and now says the only way the school will transfer her credits to another school is if she agrees to pay $6,300. In response, Powell has launched an online petition to pressure the school to forgive the debt.
Powell was a student at Grace University in early 2011 when she began her first same-sex relationship. Up until that point, neither she nor her then-girlfriend identified as lesbian. When Grace, a religious university in Omaha, Neb., found out about the relationship through a spiritual adviser at the school, they brought Powell before a judiciary board to decide whether she should be allowed to stay enrolled. Source: Huffington Post
Grace University’s executive vice president Michael James said the university’s student handbook forbids “sexually immoral behavior.”
Quoting from the handbook, James stated: “Any student involved in sexually immoral behavior, including premarital sex, adultery, and homosexual acts, is at minimum placed on University probation and may be subject to a Judiciary Hearing.”
A Change.org petition has been set up to fight for Danielle Powell’s right. People’s private lives should be off-limits unless they are committing a crime. This is why I don’t believe in attending a Christian university. There are a lot of other universities and colleges around that will gladly accept a student whether they are gay or straight.