Students at Baylor University, the nation’s largest Baptist higher education institution, are asking the National Collegiate Athletic Association to review the school’s policies and treatment of LGBT students.
The Waco Tribune reports that letters were sent to leaders of both the NCAA and the Big 12 Conference last month from a group of Baylor students that included members of Gamma Alpha Upsilon.
Gamma Alpha Upsilon, which advertises itself as “Baylor’s unofficial gay club,” has for years unsuccessfully sought recognition from the Texas university as an official on-campus student group since its founding in 2011.
The letters urge both entities to review Baylor’s campus policies for compliance with Title IX civil rights law.
The letters also called for the bodies to review the school’s overall treatment of LGBT students, stating that LGBT students have faced “particular targeting and harassment on Baylor’s campus” in recent months.
“We write to you as current LGBTQ+ and allied Baylor University students and recent graduates who have been engaged in efforts to ensure that Baylor University’s campus is safe, secure, and hospitable to LGBTQ+ students,” the letters read.
Although Title IX protects people from discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs, the Obama administration unilaterally expanded its interpretation of Title IX to include discrimination on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith