Campus Pride releases new Shame List with “The Absolute Worst Campuses for LGBTQ Youth” in the nation

102 campuses documented with anti-LGBTQ policies and cited as “dangerous”

(Charlotte, NC – August 29, 2016) Campus Pride today releases its 2016 “Shame List,” highlighting for the first time a national list of “The Absolute Worst Campuses for LGBTQ Youth.” The national listing includes 102 campuses that openly discriminate against LGBTQ youth in policies, programs and practices as documented on the site listing.   Find the detailed list online at

“Most people are shocked when they learn that there are college campuses still today that openly discriminate against LGBTQ youth. It is an unspoken secret in higher education, how they use religion as a tool for cowardice and discrimination,” said Shane Windmeyer, Executive Director of Campus Pride. “This lists uncovers the religion-based bigotry that is harmful and perpetuated against LGBTQ youth on these campuses,” continued Windmeyer.

The Shame List was first published online December 1, 2015 as a way to highlight fifty-seven campuses who had received or requested Title IX exemptions to freely and openly discriminate against LGBTQ youth. At that time, the campuses applying for these discriminatory waivers did so privately. It was not public information.  According to Campus Pride, often times even faculty, staff and students did not know.

“I attended Westmont College in California. While they have not applied for a Title IX waiver, it is clear that their past and current policies and practices are anti-LGBTQ,” said Donald Scherschligt, a Campus Organizer working on this project with Campus Pride. “Nobody should have to live my experience. I hope this listing will help colleges like Westmont realize the future is one of inclusion, especially within higher education. We need to call out these shameful acts.”

Since then the United States Department of Education has published online the letters of campuses related to Title IX exemptions.   Campus Pride spent the last six months compiling a database and researching all public records related to anti-LGBTQ policies, programs and practices at these campuses. The criterion to be the “absolute worst” campus includes either of the following: 1) Received and/or applied for a Title IX exemption to discriminate against LGBTQ youth and/or 2) Demonstrated past history and track record of anti-LGBTQ actions, programs and practices.

“Ultimately these campuses are dangerous for vulnerable LGBTQ youth and others. All families and youth deserve to know this information – and so do corporations who do business with these campuses – from those who hire and recruit, vendors who contract foodservice, sell books, make donations and in any other way provides goods or services to a college or university,” Windmeyer said.

This is the first-time Campus Pride has released a listing of the worst anti-LGBTQ campuses across the country. Every year Campus Pride releases a “Best of the Best” listing highlighting college campuses with the most inclusive LGBTQ-friendly policies, programs and practices. The 2016 Best of the Best list can be found online at The full listing of 250+ LGBTQ-friendly campuses can be found online at

“If your values and religious belief system include bigotry or discrimination toward any group of people, put it on your Admission brochure. Otherwise Campus Pride will do it for you,” Windmeyer concluded.

A detailed Shame List can be found online at   The listing will be updated annually. Any questions, please email

(Alphabetical Order)

American Indian College
Anderson University
Andrews University
Appalachian Bible College
Arlington Baptist College
Asbury University
Asbury Theological Seminary
Azusa Pacific University
Belmont Abbey College
Bethel College
Biola University
Blue Mountain College
Bob Jones University
Boston Baptist College
Brewton Parker College
Brigham Young University
Brigham Young University—Idaho
Bryan College
California Baptist University
Carson-Newman University
Central Christian College of the Bible
Charleston Southern University
Charlotte Christian College and Seminary
Clear Creek Baptist Bible College
Colorado Christian University
Concordia University
Covenant College
Criswell College
Crown College
Dordt College
East Texas Baptist University
Emmanuel College
Franciscan University of Steubenville
Freed-Hardeman University
Fresno Pacific University
Geneva College
George Fox University
Gordon College
Grove City College
Hannibal-LaGrange University
Hardin-Simmons University
Harding University
Howard Payne University
Indiana Wesleyan University
John Paul the Great Catholic University
Judson College
Kentucky Mountain Bible College
LABI College
Lancaster Bible College
Liberty University
Life Pacific College
Louisiana College
Manhattan Christian College
Maranatha Baptist University
Midwest Baptist Theological Seminary
Mississippi College
Missouri Baptist University
Multnomah University
North Greenville University
Northpoint Bible College
Northwestern Nazarene University
Ohio Christian University
Oklahoma Baptist University
Oklahoma Christian University
Oklahoma Wesleyan University
Ozark Christian College
Point Loma Nazarene University
Rhema Bible Training College
Shorter University
Simpson University
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Southeastern University
Southern Nazarene University
Southern Wesleyan University
Southwest Baptist University
Southwestern Assemblies of God University
Spring Arbor University
St. Gregory’s University
Tabor College
The Baptist College of Florida
The Master’s College For Christ and Scripture
Toccoa Falls College
Trinity Baptist College
Trinity Bible College
Trinity Law School
Truett-McConnell University
Union University
University of Dallas
University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
University of Mobile
University of Northwestern-St. Paul
University of the Cumberlands
Vanguard University of Southern California
Virginia Baptist College
Wayland Baptist University
West Coast Baptist College
Westmont College
Wheaton College
Westminster Seminary California
William Carey University
William Jessup College
Williams Baptist College

Campus Pride is the leading national educational organization for LGBTQ and ally college students and campus groups building future leaders and safer, more LGBTQ-friendly colleges and universities. The organization provides resources and services to thousands of college students and nearly 1400 campuses annually. Learn more online at

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