Colleges already have a tough admissions process, but Carson-Newman University in Tennessee is now allowed to effectively ban entire groups of people.
The federal government reportedly granted Carson-Newman a waiver that exempts the school from Title IX, a federal law which prohibits “discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity.” Now Carson-Newman can discriminate against LGBTQ students, unwed mothers, women who’ve had abortions and perhaps even pregnant students, WVLT reports.
Carson-Newman University President Dr. Randall O’Brien said he filed the waiver based on advice from his lawyer, who said it would strength the university’s position as a Christian university. O’Brien said, “This is who we are as a Christian university. These are our religious principles and in a changing world, we would like to reaffirm that this is who we are and who we intend to be.”
The lawyer who assisted O’Brien to file for exemption from Title IX reportedly helped around a dozen other Christian schools file religious waivers.
At least 27 religious colleges were granted waivers in 17 states over the past 18 months, The Column reports.