Worst List: The Absolute Worst Campuses for LGBTQ Youth

 

The Worst List identifies the “absolute worst, most unsafe campuses for LGBTQ youth” in the United States. The colleges & universities listed have chosen to openly discriminate against LGBTQ youth and/or have requested Title IX exemptions to perpetuate the harms of religion-based bigotry.  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.

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Abilene Christian University

Abilene, Texas

Religious Affiliation: Not Listed

Enrollment Size: 3695

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Abilene Christian University has qualified for the Worst List because it has a past and recent history of anti-LGBTQ discrimination and most recently, implemented an aggressive, discriminatory ban on same-sex relationships for student employees (including same-sex dating) that has created an inhospitable, harmful climate.

As stated on the campus website, those student workers “asked to exemplify and support the university’s mission” — will be barred from dating people of the same sex, similar to how faculty and staff have been for years.

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American Indian College

Phoenix, Arizona

Religious Affiliation: Pentecostal
Denomination: Assemblies of God

Enrollment Size: 86

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American Indian College has qualified for the Worst List because it holds an exemption to Title IX in order to discriminate against its students on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, pregnancy or receipt of abortion while still receiving federal funds.

Campus History

  • October 2015 – Title IX exemption request filed
  • July 2016 – Title IX exemption granted
  • 2017 – Student Handbook states that: “The College believes that God created mankind in His image, both male and female (Genesis 1:27; Matthew 19:4-5). We further believe that God established an individual’s gender at birth. Any advocacy, expressions of sentiment or practice otherwise violate are out of harmony with the religious convictions of SAGU AIC. Thus transgenderism is disapproved. The same Christian standard applies to all administration, faculty, staff, and students.”
  • 2022 – Follows the Assemblies of God Position Paper on "Homosexuality, Marriage, and Sexual Identity" which states that:
    • The biblical writers make it clear that practicing homosexuals, along with sexually immoral heterosexuals and all other unrepentant sinners, will not inherit the kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 6:9–10)
    • The Fellowship supports the dignity of individual persons affirming their biological sex and discouraging any and all attempts to physically change, alter, or disagree with their predominant biological sex—including but not limited to elective sex-reassignment, transvestite, transgender, or nonbinary “genderqueer” acts or conduct. (Genesis 1:26–28; Romans 1:26–32; 1 Corinthians 6:9–11).

Anderson University

Anderson, South Carolina

Religious Affiliation: Baptist
Denomination: Southern Baptist Convention

Enrollment Size: 2325

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Anderson University has qualified for the Worst List because it holds an exemption to Title IX, allowing the college to discriminate against its students on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, pregnancy or receipt of abortion while still receiving federal funds.

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Andrews University

Berrien Springs, Michigan

Religious Affiliation: Adventist
Denomination: Seventh-Day Adventist

Enrollment Size: 1805

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Andrews University has qualified for the Worst List because it has an extensive and well-documented history of anti-LGBTQ discrimination, including opposing student advocacy for LGBTQ homeless youth, along with banning same-sex relationships and official LGBTQ student groups.

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Appalachian Bible College

Mount Hope, West Virginia

Religious Affiliation: Baptist
Denomination: Independent Baptist (unaffiliated)

Enrollment Size: 274

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Appalachian Bible College has qualified for the Worst List because it holds an exemption to Title IX in order to discriminate against its students on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, pregnancy or receipt of abortion while still receiving federal funds.

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Arizona Christian University

Glendale, Arizona

Religious Affiliation: Evangelical
Denomination: Christian

Enrollment Size: 1000

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Arizona Christian University has qualified for the Worst List because it has a past and recent history of anti-LGBTQ discrimination and specifically advocated as part of a 2019 amicus brief in Bostock v. Clayton County to allow employment discrimination at religious institutions because an employee is gay or transgender.

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Arlington Baptist University

Arlington, Texas

Religious Affiliation: Baptist
Denomination: World Baptist Fellowship

Enrollment Size: 265

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Arlington Baptist University has qualified for the Worst List because it holds an exemption to Title IX in order to discriminate against its students on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity while still receiving federal funds.

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This is in sharp contrast to the written letters issued from the Dept. of Education under the Obama Administration requesting additional information prior to receiving a Title IX exemption, as the letter states:  Primarily, the written "request'' for exemption from an institution is a request for assurance from OCR of exemptions to certain sections of the regulation. Religious institutions that have neither sought nor received prior written acknowledgement from OCR may still invoke their exemption after OCR receives a Title IX complaint. If, however. the College would like written acknowledgement from OCR of its exempt status, the College may submit a statement from its highest-ranking official that identifies the provisions of Title IX that conflict with the specific tenets of the controlling religious organization.

  • October 2021 - Faculty Handbook states that:
    • "We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female. These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God. (Gen 1:26-27.) Rejection of one’s biological sex is a rejection of the image of God within that person. We believe that the term “marriage” has only one meaning: the uniting of one male as born at birth and one female as born at birth in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture. (Gen 2:18-25.) We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other. (1 Cor 6:18; 7:2-5; Heb 13:4.)"
    • "We believe that any form of sexual immorality (including adultery, fornication, homosexual behavior, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, and use of pornography) is sinful and offensive to God. (Matt 15:18-20; 1 Cor 6:9-10.) We believe that in order to preserve the function and integrity of Arlington Baptist University as an institution proclaiming biblical truth, and in order to provide a biblical role model to the college’s students and its community, it is imperative that all persons employed by Arlington Baptist University in any capacity, or who serve as volunteers, agree to and abide by this Statement on Marriage, Gender, and Sexuality. (Matt 5:16; Phil 2:14-16; 1 Thess 5:22.)"
  • February 2022 - Student Handbook states that:
    • "The Bible also forbids such activities as gossip, gluttony, drunkenness, stealing, dishonesty, murder, profanity, occult involvement, adultery, premarital sex, and homosexual behavior."
    • "Students are not allowed to maintain same-sex romantic relationships."

Asbury Theological Seminary

Wilmore, Kentucky

Religious Affiliation: Interdenominational
Denomination: Interdenominational Christian

Enrollment Size: 1639

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Asbury Theological Seminary has qualified for the Worst List because it holds an exemption to Title IX in order to discriminate against its students on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, pregnancy or receipt of abortion while still receiving federal funds.

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Asbury University

Wilmore, Kentucky

Religious Affiliation: Interdenominational
Denomination: Interdenominational Christian

Enrollment Size: 1854

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Asbury University has qualified for the Worst List because it holds an exemption to Title IX in order to discriminate against its students on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, pregnancy or receipt of abortion while still receiving federal funds.

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Azusa Pacific University

Azusa, California

Religious Affiliation: Interdenominational
Denomination: Interdenominational Christian

Enrollment Size: Not Listed

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Azusa Pacific University has qualified for the Worst List because it worked to dismantle SB 1146, a California bill designed to protect LGBTQ students from discrimination at their Christian college or university.

APU Haven, the university’s current unofficial LGBTQ student group, can be reached via Facebook.

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Baptist Missionary Association Theological Seminary

Jacksonville , Texas

Religious Affiliation: Baptist
Denomination: Baptist

Enrollment Size: 160

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Baptist Missionary Association Theological Seminary has qualified for the Worst List because it holds an exemption to Title IX, allowing the college to discriminate against its students on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, pregnancy or receipt of abortion while still receiving federal funds.

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Baylor University

Waco, Texas

Religious Affiliation: Baptist
Denomination: Christian

Enrollment Size: 19522

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Baylor University has qualified for the Worst List because it has a past and recent history of anti-LGBTQ discrimination and is cited as one of the campuses in the class action lawsuit Hunter v. the U.S. Department of Education for abuses to LGBTQ+ students over the years.

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Belmont Abbey College

Belmont, North Carolina

Religious Affiliation: Roman Catholic
Denomination: Roman Catholic Church

Enrollment Size: 1711

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Belmont Abbey College has qualified for the Worst List because it holds an exemption to Title IX, allowing the college to discriminate against its students on the basis of gender identity while still receiving federal funds.

Belmont Abbey College currently has no known LGBTQ student group.

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Benedictine College

Atchison , Kansas

Religious Affiliation: Roman Catholic
Denomination: Catholicism

Enrollment Size: 1900

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Benedictine College

Benedictine College has qualified for the Worst List because it has a past and recent history of anti-LGBTQ discrimination and specifically advocated as part of a 2019 amicus brief in Bostock v. Clayton County to allow employment discrimination at religious institutions because an employee is gay or transgender.

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Bethany Global University

Bloomington, Minnesota

Religious Affiliation: Interdenominational
Denomination: Interdenominational Christian

Enrollment Size: 240

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Bethany Global University has qualified for the Worst List because it holds an exemption to Title IX in order to discriminate against its students on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, pregnancy or receipt of abortion while still receiving federal funds.

Campus History

  • March 2017 – Title IX exemption request filed
  • December 2017 - Title IX exemption granted
  • 2021-2022 - Student Handbook states that: "BGU students are committed to live by the biblical standard of sexual purity ordained by God and affirmed by Jesus Christ, which excludes all sexual activity outside of the marriage covenant between one man and one woman (Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:5; Ephesians 5:31; Hebrews 13:4)"
  • 2022 - Statement of Faith states that: "BGU holds that there are two genders created by God, male and female, which are assigned at birth and not a matter of free will. Students are expected to use the dorms and bathrooms of their gender. In addition, BGU holds to the biblical definition of marriage as being between one man and one woman and holds students to only pursue relationships with the opposite sex."

Bethel University

McKenzie, Tennessee

Religious Affiliation: Presbyterian

Enrollment Size: 6500

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Bethel University has qualified for the Worst List because it holds an exemption to Title IX in order to discriminate against its students on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and marital status while still receiving federal funds.

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Bethel University (formerly Bethel College)

Mishawaka, Indiana

Religious Affiliation: Evangelical
Denomination: Christian Missionary Church

Enrollment Size: 2152

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Bethel University (formerly Bethel College) has qualified for the Worst List because it holds an exemption to Title IX, allowing the college to discriminate against its students on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, pregnancy or receipt of abortion while still receiving federal funds.

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Bethel University, Minnesota

St Paul, Minnesota

Religious Affiliation: Baptist

Enrollment Size: 3198

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Bethel University has qualified for the Worst List because it has a demonstrated past history and track record of anti-LGBTQ actions, programs and practices.

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Bethlehem College and Seminary

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Religious Affiliation: Baptist
Denomination: Converge

Enrollment Size: 200

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Bethlehem College and Seminary has qualified for the Worst List because members of its staff signed onto the Nashville Statement condemning LGBTQ people and using religion-based bigotry to perpetuate stereotypes and harm toward LGBTQ youth.

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Biola University

La Mirada, California

Religious Affiliation: Interdenominational
Denomination: Interdenominational Christian

Enrollment Size: 6222

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Biola University has qualified for the Worst List because it holds an exemption to Title IX in order to discriminate against its students on the basis of gender identity while still receiving federal funds. Biola University has also qualified for the Worst List because it worked to dismantle SB 1146, a California bill designed to protect LGBTQ students from discrimination at their Christian college or university.

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Blue Mountain College

Blue Mountain, Mississippi

Religious Affiliation: Baptist
Denomination: Southern Baptist Convention

Enrollment Size: 544

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Blue Mountain College has qualified for the Worst List because it holds an exemption to Title IX, allowing the college to discriminate against its students on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or marital status while still receiving federal funds.

Blue Mountain College currently has no known LGBTQ student group.

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Bluefield University (formerly Bluefield College)

Bluefield, Virginia

Religious Affiliation: Baptist
Denomination: Christian

Enrollment Size: 1200

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Bluefield University has qualified for the Worst List because it has a past and recent history of anti-LGBTQ discrimination and specifically advocated as part of a 2019 amicus brief in Bostock v. Clayton County to allow employment discrimination at religious institutions because an employee is gay or transgender.

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Bob Jones University

Greenville, South Carolina

Religious Affiliation: Interdenominational
Denomination: Interdenominational Christian

Enrollment Size: 3000

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Bob Jones University has qualified for the Worst List because it holds an exemption to Title IX in order to discriminate against its students on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, pregnancy or receipt of abortion while still receiving federal funds. They also have an extensive and well-documented history of anti-LGBTQ discrimination, including expelling students who come out and banning same-sex relationships and  official LGBTQ student groups.

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Boston Baptist College

Boston, Massachusetts

Religious Affiliation: Baptist
Denomination: Baptist Bible Fellowship International

Enrollment Size: 103

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Boston Baptist College has qualified for the Worst List because it holds an exemption to Title IX in order to discriminate against its students on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, pregnancy or receipt of abortion while still receiving federal funds.

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Brewton Parker College

Mount Vernon, Georgia

Religious Affiliation: Baptist
Denomination: Southern Baptist Convention

Enrollment Size: 778

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Brewton Parker College has qualified for the Worst List because it holds an exemption to Title IX in order to discriminate against its students on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, pregnancy or receipt of abortion while still receiving federal funds.

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Brigham Young University

Provo, Utah

Religious Affiliation: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
Denomination: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

Enrollment Size: 33517

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Brigham Young University has qualified for the Worst List because it has an established and well-documented history of anti-LGBTQ discrimination that endangers victims of sexual assault and has resulted in a call for it to not be included as a Big 12 school.

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Brigham Young University-Idaho

Rexburg, Idaho

Religious Affiliation: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
Denomination: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

Enrollment Size: 21142

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Brigham Young University-Idaho has qualified for the Worst List because it holds an exemption to Title IX in order to discriminate against its students on the basis of gender identity while still receiving federal funds.

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Brigham Young University–Hawaii

Laie, Hawaii

Religious Affiliation: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
Denomination: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

Enrollment Size: 2500

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Brigham Young University-Hawaii has qualified for the Worst List because it has a past and recent history of anti-LGBTQ discrimination and specifically advocated as part of a 2019 amicus brief in Bostock v. Clayton County to allow employment discrimination at religious institutions because an employee is gay or transgender. Brigham Young University-Hawaii also holds an exemption to Title IX in order to discriminate against its students on the basis of gender identity while still receiving federal funds.

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Bryan College

Dayton, Tennessee

Religious Affiliation: Interdenominational
Denomination: Interdenominational Christian

Enrollment Size: 1475

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Bryan College has qualified for the Worst List because it holds an exemption to Title IX in order to discriminate against its students on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity while still receiving federal funds.

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Cairn University

Langhorne, Pennsylvania

Religious Affiliation: Interdenominational
Denomination: Interdenominational Christian

Enrollment Size: 981

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Cairn University has qualified for the Worst List because it holds an exemption to Title IX in order to discriminate against its students on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity while still receiving federal funds.

Campus History

  • February 2013 - Cairn University hosts "ex-gay" speaker Christopher Yuan
  • November 2014 - Petition calls for US college to revoke honorary degree from anti-gay pastor
  • October 2016 – Title IX exemption request filed
  • December 2017 - Title IX exemption granted
  • 2022 - Student Handbook states that:
    • "Cairn University affirms the biblical teachings that a sexual relationship is intended only within a heterosexual marriage of husband and wife. All students are to abstain from any type of sexual activity or immoral relationship outside of the marriage of a man and a woman (Gen. 1:27; Rom. 1:27; Gal. 5:19-21; 1 Thess. 4:3-8; Heb. 13:4)."
    • "Scripture expressly forbids certain sexual behaviors, including, but not limited to: fornication, adultery, incest, and homosexual acts (Ex 20:14; Lev 18:7-23, 20:10-21; Matt 5:27-28; Rom 1:20-27; 1 Cor 6:9; Gal 5:19; Eph 4:17-19; Col 3:5)."
    • "Choice of clothing is to be consistent with the student’s assigned sex at birth."
    • "Further, housing assignments and policies are to reflect a student’s sex at birth."

California Baptist University

Riverside, California

Religious Affiliation: Baptist
Denomination: Southern Baptist Convention

Enrollment Size: 7957

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California Baptist University has qualified for the Worst List because it worked to dismantle SB 1146, a California bill designed to protect LGBTQ students from discrimination at their Christian college or university.

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Carson-Newman University

Jefferson City, Tennessee

Religious Affiliation: Baptist
Denomination: Southern Baptist Convention

Enrollment Size: 3304

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Carson-Newman University has qualified for the Worst List because it holds an exemption to Title IX, allowing the college to discriminate against its students on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, pregnancy or receipt of abortion while still receiving federal funds.

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Catholic University of America

Washington, District of Columbia

Religious Affiliation: Roman Catholic
Denomination: Roman Catholic Church

Enrollment Size: 6699

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Catholic University of America has qualified for the Worst List because it has an extensive and well-documented history of anti-LGBTQ discrimination.

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Cedarville University

Cedarville, Ohio

Religious Affiliation: Baptist
Denomination: Independent Baptist (unaffiliated)

Enrollment Size: 3353

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Cedarville University has qualified for the Worst List because it has a pending Title IX exemption request which acknowledges the college request to discriminate against its students on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity while still receiving federal funds. Members of its staff have also signed onto the Nashville Statement condemning LGBTQ people and using religion-based bigotry to perpetuate stereotypes and harm toward LGBTQ youth.

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Central Christian College of the Bible

Moberly, Missouri

Religious Affiliation: Restorationist
Denomination: Independent Christian Churches/Churches of Christ

Enrollment Size: 315

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Central Christian College of the Bible has qualified for the Worst List because it holds an exemption to Title IX in order to discriminate against its students on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, pregnancy or receipt of abortion while still receiving federal funds.

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Charleston Southern University

North Charleston, South Carolina

Religious Affiliation: Baptist
Denomination: Southern Baptist Convention

Enrollment Size: 3596

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Charleston Southern University has qualified for the Worst List because it holds an exemption to Title IX, allowing the college to discriminate against its students on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, pregnancy or receipt of abortion while still receiving federal funds.

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Charlotte Christian College and Theological Seminary

Charlotte, North Carolina

Religious Affiliation: Interdenominational
Denomination: Interdenominational Christian

Enrollment Size: 110

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Charlotte Christian College and Theological Seminary has qualified for the Worst List because it holds an exemption to Title IX in order to discriminate against its students on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, pregnancy or receipt of abortion while still receiving federal funds.

Campus History

  • June 2016 – Title IX exemption request filed
  • August 2016 - Eight Carolinas colleges included on 'Shame List' for LGBT discrimination
  • December 2017 - Title IX exemption granted
  • 2021-2022 - Student Handbook states that:
    • "As such, this institution regards the sex at birth as the identification of the given biological gender of every member of this institution. Therefore, any attempts to blur the demarcations between maleness and femaleness—e.g., identifying oneself as a transvestite, transsexual, or transgendered—is contrary to biblical principles. The institution views the actions or intentions of those seeking fundamental alterations of any kind from the individual’s sex identity at birth as a rejection of the biblical and theological underpinnings to which this institution is committed, and therefore grounds for expulsion and permanent barring of a current student, employee, or director, or the denial of consideration for enrollment, hiring, or service of an applicant. The same actions may be taken against any persistent or exaggerated display of cross-dressing, or other relevant manifestation of actions that are deliberately cacophonous with one’s sex at birth, or activist promoting the acceptance of such unbiblical views." 
    • "God’s design of marital intimacy becomes the foundation for our understanding of all acts of sexuality outside of a heterosexual monogamous marriage. Scripture teaches that sexual relations of any kind outside of heterosexual monogamous marriage – adultery, fornication, homosexuality, bisexual, transgender, bestiality, incest, molestation, pornography, or any attempt to change the sex of one’s birth - are inconsistent with the teaching of Scripture and Church history and therefore prohibited of those within the Christian faith." 
    • "We hold that chastity for the unmarried person is sexual purity and chastity within marriage to be sexual faithfulness, and that both are affirmed by Scripture and blessed by God. Consequently, as part of living out a consistent, biblical spirituality, one dedicated to the pursuit of Christ-likeness, all members of CCCTS are to avoid sexual intimacy outside of monogamous heterosexual marriage and to refrain from encouraging said action in others. Whatever one’s personal feelings or desires, the call of Jesus on our lives is the same: sexual purity manifest among the married as complete faithfulness and by those who are single by living a pure and unblemished life (I Thessalonians 4:3-8)."

Christendom College

Front Royal, Virginia

Religious Affiliation: Roman Catholic

Enrollment Size: 539

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Christendom College has qualified for the Worst List because of their history of anti-LGBTQ+ rhetoric. Christendom College has also qualified for the Worst List because it refuses to uphold any part of Title IX reporting requirements and reportedly has chosen not to receive federal monies in order to do so. As a result, this campus does not comply with Title IX protections for any of its students, including for LGBTQ+ students.

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Clarks Summit University

Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania

Religious Affiliation: Baptist
Denomination: Baptist

Enrollment Size: 1220

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Clarks Summit University has qualified for the Worst List because it has a documented history as well as a 2018 public act of anti-LGBTQ discrimination not allowing a former student to re-enroll into the university because he is gay. Clarks Summit University also holds an exemption to Title IX, allowing them to discriminate against students on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity while still receiving federal funds.

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Clear Creek Baptist Bible College

Pineville, Kentucky

Religious Affiliation: Baptist
Denomination: Southern Baptist Convention

Enrollment Size: 209

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Clear Creek Baptist Bible College has qualified for the Worst List because it holds an exemption to Title IX, allowing the college to discriminate against its students on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, pregnancy or receipt of abortion while still receiving federal funds.

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College of Biblical Studies

Houston, Texas

Religious Affiliation: Interdenominational
Denomination: Interdenominational Christian

Enrollment Size: 1399

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The College of Biblical Studies has qualified for the Worst List because it holds an exemption to Title IX, allowing the college to discriminate against its students on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, pregnancy or receipt of abortion while still receiving federal funds.

Campus History

  • August 2016 – Title IX exemption request filed
  • December 2017 - Title IX exemption granted
  • 2016 - 2018 - Student Handbook states that:
    • "All board members, administrators, faculty, staff members, students, applicants, and all volunteers must agree to, adhere to in attitudes, actions, and beliefs these principles as well as the below-outlined actions and other related acts that are prohibited in Scripture, both explicitly and in principle (Romans 12:1-2). The holy purpose of God from the very beginning was for sex and marriage to be monogamous between one man and one woman, as originally biologically created by God, united in holy matrimony for life (Malachi 2:14-16; Matthew 19:4-6; Ephesians 5:31-32)."
    • "Some sexual actions are always prohibited in the Bible including, but not limited to, fornication, adultery, homosexuality, transgender identification, bestiality/zoophilia, prostitution, rape, and sinful lust in all forms. "
    • "As a result, the Bible forbids individuals from adopting a gender identity that conflicts with the biological sex they received from birth and to affirm others who accept the sex they were biologically assigned at birth (Deuteronomy 22:5; 1 Corinthians 6:9, where use of μαλακοὶ means “effeminate” or indicating a rejection of one’s God-given, biological sex). The Bible teaches that exchanging the natural functions of the God-given sex for unnatural functions (including same-sex attraction or desiring to convert to another gender) is a result of sin (Romans 1:26-27). The Bible recognizes only two sexes — male and female — and a trust in the sovereignty of God will lead Christians to display and adopt only the sex God biologically gave them at birth (Genesis 5:2; Matthew 19:4). To do otherwise through sex reassignment, transvestite, transgender, gender-fluid, or nonbinary “genderqueer” and related acts or conduct is to question God’s providence and sovereignty."
    • "Unacceptable Conduct: The following includes, but is not limited to, conduct that is in conflict with the Scriptural Christian lifestyle that will require a student conduct review and, if necessary, imposed sanctions: 1. Scripture specifically prohibits stealing, violence, harassment (all forms), outbursts of anger, threats, lying, cheating, stealing, profane language, and occult practices. Sexual immorality is also prohibited including, but not limited to, fornication, adultery, homosexuality, transgender identification, bestiality/zoophilia, prostitution, incest rape and sinful lust in all forms (actions influenced by lust include but are not limited to pornography, pedophilia, sexting, voyeurism, and sex trafficking). These prohibitions are clearly understood to be biblical commands that are binding upon every Christian believer."
  • November 2021 - Two Houston universities listed among worst campuses for LGBTQ students

College of the Ozarks

Point Lookout, Missouri

Religious Affiliation: Evangelical
Denomination: Presbyterian

Enrollment Size: 1508

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College of the Ozarks has qualified for the Worst List because it holds an exemption to Title IX, allowing the college to discriminate against its students on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, pregnancy or receipt of abortion while still receiving federal funds.

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Colorado Christian University

Lakewood, Colorado

Religious Affiliation: Interdenominational
Denomination: Interdenominational Christian

Enrollment Size: 6058

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Colorado Christian University has qualified for the Worst List because it holds an exemption to Title IX in order to discriminate against its students on the basis of gender identity while still receiving federal funds.

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Columbia International University

Columbia, South Carolina

Religious Affiliation: Interdenominational
Denomination: Multidenominational

Enrollment Size: 1011

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Shame List Title IX Exempt

Columbia International University, previously called The Southern Bible Institute and Columbia Bible College & Columbia Biblical Seminary, has qualified for the Worst List because it holds an exemption to Title IX, allowing the college to discriminate against its students on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital status while still receiving federal funds.

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Compass College of Cinematic Arts

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Religious Affiliation: Interdenominational
Denomination: Interdenominational Christian

Enrollment Size: Not Listed

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Compass College of Cinematic Arts has qualified for the Worst List because it holds an exemption to Title IX in order to discriminate against its students on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, pregnancy or receipt of abortion while still receiving federal funds.

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Concordia University, Irvine

Irvine, California

Religious Affiliation: Lutheran
Denomination: Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod

Enrollment Size: 7957

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Concordia University Irvine has qualified for the Worst List because it worked to dismantle SB 1146, a California bill designed to protect LGBTQ students from discrimination at their Christian college or university.

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Concordia University, Nebraska

Seward, Nebraska

Religious Affiliation: Lutheran
Denomination: Christian

Enrollment Size: 2500

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Concordia University, Nebraska has qualified for the Worst List because it has a past and recent history of anti-LGBTQ discrimination and specifically advocated as part of a 2019 amicus brief in Bostock v. Clayton County to allow employment discrimination at religious institutions because an employee is gay or transgender.

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Corban University

Salem, Oregon

Religious Affiliation: Interdenominational
Denomination: Interdenominational Christian

Enrollment Size: 1062

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Corban University has qualified for the Worst List because it holds an exemption to Title IX in order to discriminate against its students on the basis of gender identity, marital status, pregnancy or receipt of abortion. It also has an extensive and well-documented history of anti-LGBTQ discrimination, including employing faculty who specialize in "unwanted same-sex attractions," along with banning same-sex relationships and official LGBTQ student groups.

Student stories can be read here.

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Covenant College

Lookout Mountain, Georgia

Religious Affiliation: Presbyterian
Denomination: Presbyterian Church of America

Enrollment Size: 1044

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Covenant College has qualified for the Worst List because it holds an exemption to Title IX, allowing the college to discriminate against its students on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity while still receiving federal funds.

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Criswell College

Old East Dallas, Texas

Religious Affiliation: Baptist
Denomination: Southern Baptist Convention

Enrollment Size: 350

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Crown College

Saint Bonifacius, Minnesota

Religious Affiliation: Evangelical
Denomination: Christian and Missionary Alliance

Enrollment Size: 1011

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Crown College has qualified for the Worst List because it holds an exemption to Title IX in order to discriminate against its students on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, pregnancy or receipt of abortion while still receiving federal funds.

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Dallas Baptist University

Dallas, Texas

Religious Affiliation: Baptist
Denomination: Baptist

Enrollment Size: 5067

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Dallas Baptist University has qualified for the Worst List because it holds an exemption to Title IX in order to discriminate against its students on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, pregnancy or receipt of abortion while still receiving federal funds.

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Dallas Theological Seminary

Dallas, Texas

Religious Affiliation: Interdenominational
Denomination: Interdenominational Christian

Enrollment Size: 2403

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Dallas Theological Seminary has qualified for the Worst List because it holds an exemption to Title IX in order to discriminate against its students on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, pregnancy or receipt of abortion while still receiving federal funds. Members of its staff have also signed onto the Nashville Statement condemning LGBTQ people and using religion-based bigotry to perpetuate stereotypes and harm toward LGBTQ youth.

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Dordt University (formerly Dordt College)

Sioux Center, Iowa

Religious Affiliation: Reformed
Denomination: Christian

Enrollment Size: 1500

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Dordt University (formerly Dordt College) has qualified for the Worst List because it holds an exemption to Title IX in order to discriminate against its students on the basis of gender identity while still receiving federal funds. In addition, the campus has a past and recent history of anti-LGBTQ discrimination and specifically advocated as part of a 2019 amicus brief in Bostock v. Clayton County to allow employment discrimination at religious institutions because an employee is gay or transgender.

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East Texas Baptist University

Marshall, Texas

Religious Affiliation: Baptist
Denomination: Southern Baptist Convention

Enrollment Size: 1231

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East Texas Baptist University has qualified for the Worst List because it holds an exemption to Title IX, allowing the college to discriminate against its students on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, pregnancy or receipt of abortion while still receiving federal funds.

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Eastern University

St. Davids, Pennsylvania

Religious Affiliation: Baptist
Denomination: Christian

Enrollment Size: Not Listed

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Eastern University has qualified for the Worst List because it has a past and recent history of anti-LGBTQ discrimination and is cited as one of the campuses in the class action lawsuit Hunter v. the U.S. Department of Education for abuses to LGBTQ+ students over the years.

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Elim Bible Institute and College

Lima, New York

Religious Affiliation: Pentecostal
Denomination: Elim Fellowship

Enrollment Size: Not Listed

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Elim Bible Institute and College has qualified for the Worst List because it holds an exemption to Title IX in order to discriminate against its students on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, pregnancy or receipt of abortion while still receiving federal funds.

Campus History

  • December 2016 – Title IX exemption request filed
  • December 2017- Title IX exemption granted
  • 2022 - Faith Statement states that:
    • We believe that God created mankind as two distinct sexes: male and female, and that each person affirms God’s infinite wisdom by living in alignment with their birth sex. GEN 1:26-28; MATT 19:4-5
    • We believe that sexual purity is a necessary expression for all of God’s children, and requires abstinence from adultery, fornication, incest, homosexuality, and other sexual relationships or practices forbidden by Scripture. HEB. 13:4; 1 COR. 6:18; LEV. 18:1-30; GAL. 5:19
    • We believe that marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime, and a sacred institution established by God. MATT. 19:4-6
  • 2022-2023 - Student Handbook states that:
    • "EBIC believes that human sexuality is a gift of God. We choose to affirm its goodness and to exercise it within the guidelines set by God in the Scriptures. EBIC reserves the right to counsel and, in some cases, take disciplinary action against students who overstep these Scriptural guidelines. EBIC has adopted a position on sexuality that is higher than what the Affirmative Consent and Responsible Employees laws require regarding premarital sexual engagement. EBIC believes God has reserved the most intimate of sexual relationships for the marriage union between a man and a woman. It is, therefore, not only a violation of our social policy but also of God's law to engage in such behavior outside of the marriage covenant."

Emmanuel College

Franklin Springs, Georgia

Religious Affiliation: Pentecostal
Denomination: International Pentecostal Holiness Church

Enrollment Size: 788

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Emmanuel College has qualified for the Worst List because it holds an exemption to Title IX in order to discriminate against its students on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, pregnancy or receipt of abortion while still receiving federal funds.

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Ensign College or LDS Business College

Salt Lake City, Utah

Religious Affiliation: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
Denomination: Christian

Enrollment Size: 2200

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Ensign College or LDS Business College has qualified for the Worst List because it has a past and recent history of anti-LGBTQ discrimination and specifically advocated as part of a 2019 amicus brief in Bostock v. Clayton County to allow employment discrimination at religious institutions because an employee is gay or transgender. Ensign College also holds an exemption to Title IX, allowing them to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity while still receiving federal funds.

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Erskine College

Due West, South Carolina

Religious Affiliation: Presbyterian
Denomination: Reformed Presbyterian

Enrollment Size: 575

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Erskine College has qualified for the Worst List because it holds an exemption to Title IX, allowing the college to discriminate against its students on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, pregnancy or receipt of abortion while still receiving federal funds.

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Evangel University

Springfield, Missouri

Religious Affiliation: Pentecostal
Denomination: Assemblies of God

Enrollment Size: 2072

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Evangel University has qualified for the Worst List because it holds an exemption to Title IX in order to discriminate against its students on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, pregnancy or receipt of abortion while still receiving federal funds.

Campus History

  • March 2016 - Samuel's story
  • March 2017 – Title IX exemption request filed
  • January 2018 - Title IX exemption granted
  • 2020 -2021 - Student Handbook states that:
    • "Additionally, for the duration of their tenure at Evangel, students pledge to abide by the following community standards: Uphold standards of sexual purity and humility: maintaining modest appearance standards; not engaging in sexual activity prior to or outside of marriage—as recognized in the biblical covenant between a man and woman, including cohabitation, same-sex sexual relationships, genital contact, intercourse, sexting (chats or video), sexually explicit dancing, pornography, etc."
    • "Gender identity: We regard sex at birth as the identification of a person’s biological sex and do not support attempts to alter one’s birth sex in favor of an opposite psychological gender. This statement is not meant to reflect those rare situations concerning congenital disorders of sex development. See also Sexuality and Gender Identity."
    • "Sexual behavior: We believe that sexual intimacy was created by God as an expression of love between a woman and a man in a life-long marriage commitment. Students are expected to abstain from premarital or extramarital sexual behavior, including, but not limited to cohabitation, same-sex sexual relationships, genital contact, oral sex, sexting (or sharing provocative electronic images via cell phones, computers, or webcams),and/or intercourse. Confidential University resources are available through a campus counselor or a campus pastor."
    • "We regard sex at birth as the identification of a person’s biological sex and do not support attempts to alter one’s birth sex in favor of an opposite psychological gender."

Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary

Ankeny, Iowa

Religious Affiliation: Baptist
Denomination: Independent Baptist (unaffiliated)

Enrollment Size: Not Listed

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Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary has qualified for the Worst List because it holds an exemption to Title IX in order to discriminate against its students on the basis of gender identity while still receiving federal funds.

Campus History

  • November 2016 – Title IX exemption request filed
  • December 2017 - Title IX exemption granted
  • 2022 - Faith Statement states that: "We believe that marriage was divinely ordained to be the lifelong and exclusive union of one man and one woman, and we affirm that the Scriptures prohibit all sexual intimacy outside of this Biblical, marital relationship. We believe that God created both male and female, and that He designed gender distinctions between men and women, including the Biblically-defined and distinctive roles of husband and wife. Since gender distinctions are rooted in divine order, changing or disguising one’s inherited sex (and correlated gender) reflective of this order transgresses God’s design. We believe in the sanctity of life of all human persons, including the unborn, ailing, and aging."

Faith International University and Seminary

Tacoma, Washington

Religious Affiliation: Interdenominational
Denomination: Interdenominational Christian

Enrollment Size: Not Listed

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Faith International University and Seminary has qualified for the Worst List because members of its staff signed onto the Nashville Statement condemning LGBTQ people and using religion-based bigotry to perpetuate stereotypes and harm toward LGBTQ youth.

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Family of Faith Christian University

Shawnee, Oklahoma

Religious Affiliation: Interdenominational
Denomination: Interdenominational Christian

Enrollment Size: Not Listed

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Family of Faith Christian University has qualified for the Worst List because it holds an exemption to Title IX in order to discriminate against its students on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, and pregnancy while still receiving federal funds.

Campus History

  • November 2016 – Title IX exemption request filed
  • December 2017 - Title IX exemption granted
  • 2022 - Faith Statement states that:
    • "The educational instruction and all other activities of Family of Faith Christian University shall at all times be based upon and consistent with the following beliefs:"
    • "God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female. These two distinct, complementary sexes together reflect the image and nature of God. Rejection of one’s biological sex is a rejection of the image of God within that person. Gen 1:26-27"
    • "Any form of sexual immorality (including adultery, fornication, cohabitation, homosexual behavior, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, or use of pornography) is sinful and offensive to God. Matt 15:18-20; 1 Cor 6:9-10"

Florida College

Temple Terrace, Florida

Religious Affiliation: Restorationist
Denomination: Independent Christian Churches/Churches of Christ

Enrollment Size: 513

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Florida College has qualified for the Worst List because it holds an exemption to Title IX in order to discriminate against its students on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or marital status while still receiving federal funds.

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Franciscan University of Steubenville

Steubenville, Ohio

Religious Affiliation: Roman Catholic
Denomination: Roman Catholic Church

Enrollment Size: 2733

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Franciscan University of Steubenville has qualified for the Worst List because it holds an exemption to Title IX, allowing the college to discriminate against its students on the basis of gender identity while still receiving federal funds.

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Freed-Hardeman University

Henderson, Tennessee

Religious Affiliation: Restorationist
Denomination: Independent Christian Churches/Churches of Christ

Enrollment Size: 1904

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Freed-Hardeman University has qualified for the Worst List because it holds an exemption to Title IX in order to discriminate against its students on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, pregnancy or receipt of abortion while still receiving federal funds.

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Fresno Pacific University

Fresno, California

Religious Affiliation: Anabaptist
Denomination: Mennonite Brethren

Enrollment Size: 3718

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Fresno Pacific University has qualified for the Worst List because it holds an exemption to Title IX, allowing the college to discriminate against its students on the basis of gender identity while still receiving federal funds. Fresno Pacific University has also qualified for the Worst List because it worked to dismantle SB 1146, a California bill designed to protect LGBTQ students from discrimination at their Christian college or university.

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Fuller Theological Seminary

Pasadena, California

Religious Affiliation: Evangelical
Denomination: Christian

Enrollment Size: 3500

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Fuller Theological Seminary has qualified for the Worst List because it has a past and recent history of anti-LGBTQ discrimination and is cited as one of the campuses in the class action lawsuit Hunter v. the U.S. Department of Education for abuses to LGBTQ+ students over the years.

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Gateway Seminary

Ontario, California

Religious Affiliation: Baptist
Denomination: Southern Baptist Convention

Enrollment Size: 2013

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Gateway Seminary has qualified for the Worst List because members of its staff signed onto the Nashville Statement condemning LGBTQ people and using religion-based bigotry to perpetuate stereotypes and harm toward LGBTQ youth.

Campus History

  • August 2016 - Gateway president signs letter against SB 1146
  • August 2017 - Gateway president signs Nashville Statement
  • 2018 - Ethical Conduct Standard form states that: "The behavior of every student is subject to review at all times during the full duration of enrollment in the Seminary. The Seminary reserves the right, at any time, to investigate student conduct and terminate the enrollment of any student who does not meet the Ethical Conduct Standard. Students are accountable to meet the requirements of the Ethical Conduct Standards until they are approved for graduation and the public graduation ceremony at their respective campus has been conducted. When a violation of these standards occurs near graduation, disciplinary actions by the seminary may include delaying or denying conferring of a degree and participation in a graduation ceremony.These ethical standards are articulated, but not limited to, the following statements: Sexual misconduct — including any form of extramarital sexual intercourse, inappropriate displays of affection or attention, lewd and indecent language or conduct, and homosexual behavior."

Geneva College

Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania

Religious Affiliation: Presbyterian
Denomination: Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America

Enrollment Size: 1704

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Geneva College has qualified for the Worst List because it holds an exemption to Title IX, allowing the college to discriminate against its students on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, pregnancy or receipt of abortion while still receiving federal funds. Geneva College has also hosted multiple "ex-gay" speakers on campus.

Campus History

  • September 2013 – The Geneva Cabinet Does Series On Homosexuality
  • August 2015 – Title IX exemption request filed
  • September 2015 – Christopher Yuan Speaks at Geneva
  • October 2015 – Title IX exemption granted
  • April 2016 – Rosaria Butterfield Presents “Sexual Identity and Union With Christ”
  • June 2016 – Faces of Faith: LGBTQ Students at Christian Colleges
  • 2019-2020 - Student Handbook states that:
    • "The College draws a distinction between romantic behavior – for example, extended or repeated hand holding, hugging, and kissing – between members of the opposite sex and between members of the same sex. The former, between persons of the opposite sex, is permitted if it is done with appropriate restraint. The latter, between persons of the same sex, is not permitted. The rationale for this distinction is that romantic behavior between members of the opposite sex can lead, in time, to an appropriate, godly sexual relationship in marriage. There is no such possibility for persons in same-sex relationships (based on the College’s understanding of Scripture)."
    • "Given the confessional commitments in the Geneva College Charter and Mission, College decisions regarding student admission and retention, employment hiring and retention, housing, restroom usage, and other related matters will be made according to one’s given biological sex established at birth."
    • "Geneva College designates housing, restroom, and locker room facilities for use according to one’s given biological sex established at birth. The college rejects claims to differential treatment in housing, restrooms, or locker rooms on the grounds of gender identity that differs from someone’s given biological sex established at birth."
    • "Geneva College requires student athletes to participate in college sports teams based on one’s given biological sex established at birth. The college does not permit students of one sex to play on sports teams of the opposite sex because of a claimed gender identity."
    • "Geneva College provides counseling and medical care that encourages people to work through problems of sexual uncertainty to engage their given biological sex established at birth. The college does not support use of medical procedures when a person chooses to make a physical alteration to that of the opposite sex."
    • "Specific acts such as drunkenness, stealing, the use of slanderous or profane language, all forms of harassment, all forms of dishonesty, involvement in or depiction of occult or satanic activity, sexual sins (i.e. premarital sex, cohabitation with a member of the opposite sex, rape, adultery, homosexual behavior), and the use or display of obscene and/or pornographic materials will not be tolerated."

George Fox University

Newberg, Oregon

Religious Affiliation: Quaker
Denomination: Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends

Enrollment Size: 3931

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George Fox University has qualified for the Worst List because it holds an exemption to Title IX, allowing the college to discriminate against its students on the basis of gender identity while still receiving federal funds.

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Gordon College

Wenham, Massachusetts

Religious Affiliation: Interdenominational
Denomination: Interdenominational Christian

Enrollment Size: 5009

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Gordon College has qualified for the Worst List because it has a long and well-documented history of anti-LGBTQ discrimination, including the administration’s retaliation against a professor who criticized the school’s ban on hiring sexually active LGBTQ people; and college president Michael Lindsay’s request for a religious exemption to President Barack Obama’s non-discrimination executive order to protect LGBTQ students under Title IX.

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Grace Christian University

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Religious Affiliation: Pentecostal
Denomination: Grace Gospel Fellowship

Enrollment Size: 828

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Grace Christian University (formerly Grace Bible College) has qualified for the Worst List because it holds an exemption to Title IX in order to discriminate against its students on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity while still receiving federal funds.

Campus History

  • November 2016 – Title IX exemption request filed
  • December 2017 - Title IX exemption granted
  • 2021 — 2022 - Student Handbook states that:
    • "Humans are created by God, in His image and by His authority as male and female (Genesis 1:26-28). The example of Scripture and its consistent teaching is that God’s design for sexual intimacy is limited to monogamous heterosexual marriage."
    • "In light of this, we do not support or affirm: marriage of any kind other than marriage between one man and one woman; sexual relations of any kind outside the confines of marriage between one man and one woman; resolution or attempted resolution of tension between one’s biological birth sex and one’s expression of gender by the adoption of a psychological identity discordant with one’s biological birth sex; changes or attempts to change one’s given biological birth sex via medical intervention in favor of the identity of the opposite sex or of an indeterminate identity."
    • "Sexual sins such as premarital sex, adultery, homosexual behavior, rejection of one’s biological sex, or any form of sexual harassment or assault are a violation of God’s moral code and are cause for dismissal from Grace Christian University."
    • "A member of the Grace Christian University community who openly and unrepentantly rejects their sex, either in or out of school, is rejecting the image of God within that person – behavior that dishonors the Holy Trinity and the Word of God. Such behavior constitutes a person’s failure to adhere to their commitment to abide by the behavioral standards established by Grace Christian University which is cause for terminating their privilege of membership in the Grace community."

Grace College

Winona Lake, Indiana

Religious Affiliation: Evangelical
Denomination: Charis Fellowship

Enrollment Size: 1378

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Grace College has qualified for the Worst List because of their discriminatory and anti-LGBTQ+ language in their Student Handbook and Community Lifestyle Statement.

Campus History

  • November 2015 - Community Lifestyle Statement states that: "In seeking to live out the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) rather than deeds of the flesh (Galatians 5:19-21), items expressly forbidden in the Scripture are not acceptable for members of the Grace Schools community. Examples include pride, greed, lust, slander, drunkenness, profane language, premarital sex, adultery, homosexual behavior, and prejudice (1 Corinthians 6:9-11). We affirm the holy institution of marriage as being between one man and one woman, rooted as it is in God’s creation of man and woman and in the relationship of Christ and his church."
  • 2021-2022 - Catalog reaffirms this statement

Grace University

Omaha, Nebraska

Religious Affiliation: Not Listed

Enrollment Size: Not Listed

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Grace University has qualified for the Worst List because it has a past and recent history of anti-LGBTQ discrimination and is cited as one of the campuses in the class action lawsuit Hunter v. the U.S. Department of Education for abuses to LGBTQ+ students over the years.

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Grove City College

Grove City, Pennsylvania

Religious Affiliation: Interdenominational
Denomination: Interdenominational Christian

Enrollment Size: 2461

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Grove City College has qualified for the Worst List because of its past history and track record against LGBTQ people as well as its longstanding noncompliance with Title IX.  Grove City College refused to execute an Assurance of Compliance with Title IX's nondiscrimination provisions and chose not to comply with Title IX.  On February 28, 1984, the Supreme Court issued its decision (6-3 majority) in Grove City College v. Bell. As a result, Grove City College is not compliant with nondiscrimination protections under Title IX and not qualified for federal grants, loans or any form of federal financial assistance.

In addition, Grove City College members of its staff signed onto the Nashville Statement condemning LGBTQ people and using religion-based bigotry to perpetuate stereotypes and harm toward LGBTQ youth.

Campus History

  • February 1984 -  U.S. Supreme Court Decision - Grove City College v. Bell
  • August 2017 - GCC staff sign Nashville Statement
  • 2022 - According to the Grove City College Student Handbook“Members of the student body are expected to behave in a manner consistent with the College’s desire to provide an authentically Christian environment. Examples of behavior which constitute a violation of this Community Standard include, but are not limited to…Sexual misconduct including premarital sex (heterosexual or homosexual) or any other such conduct that violates historic Christian standards...” and residence halls at Grove City College are assigned by birth gender. 

Gutenberg College

Eugene, Oregon

Religious Affiliation: Not Listed

Enrollment Size: 20

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Gutenberg College has qualified for the Worst List because it refuses to uphold any part of Title IX reporting requirements and reportedly has chosen not to receive federal monies in order to do so.  As a result, this campus does not comply with Title IX protections for any of its students, including for LGBTQ+ students.

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Hannibal-LaGrange University

Hannibal, Missouri

Religious Affiliation: Baptist
Denomination: Southern Baptist Convention

Enrollment Size: 1150

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Shame List Title IX ExemptHannibal-LaGrange University

Hannibal-LaGrange University has qualified for the Worst List because it holds an exemption to Title IX, allowing the college to discriminate against its students on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, pregnancy or receipt of abortion while still receiving federal funds.

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Hardin-Simmons University

Abilene, Texas

Religious Affiliation: Baptist
Denomination: Southern Baptist Convention

Enrollment Size: 2212

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Hardin-Simmons University has qualified for the Worst List because it holds an exemption to Title IX, allowing the college to discriminate against its students on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, pregnancy or receipt of abortion while still receiving federal funds.

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Harding University

Searcy, Arkansas

Religious Affiliation: Restorationist
Denomination: Independent Christian Churches/Churches of Christ

Enrollment Size: 7155

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Harding University has qualified for the Worst List because it holds an exemption to Title IX allowing the college to discriminate against its students on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, pregnancy or receipt of abortion while still receiving federal funds.

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Heartland Baptist Bible College

Oklahoma City , Oklahoma

Religious Affiliation: Baptist
Denomination: Baptist

Enrollment Size: 400

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Erskine College has qualified for the Worst List because it holds an exemption to Title IX, allowing the college to discriminate against its students on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital status while still receiving federal funds.

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Hillsdale College

Hillsdale, Michigan

Religious Affiliation: None

Enrollment Size: 1445

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Hillsdale College has qualified for the Worst List because they have a demonstrated history of anti-LGBTQ+ language and reject federal funding in order to be exempt from Title IX.

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Houghton College

Houghton, New York

Religious Affiliation: Wesleyan-Holiness
Denomination: Christian

Enrollment Size: 1000

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Houghton College

Houghton College has qualified for the Worst List because it has a past and recent history of anti-LGBTQ discrimination and specifically advocated as part of a 2019 amicus brief in Bostock v. Clayton County to allow employment discrimination at religious institutions because an employee is gay or transgender.

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Houston Baptist University

Houston, Texas

Religious Affiliation: Baptist
Denomination: Southern Baptist Convention

Enrollment Size: 2250

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Houston Baptist University has qualified for the Worst List because it holds an exemption to Title IX in order to discriminate against its students on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, pregnancy or receipt of abortion while still receiving federal funds.

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Howard Payne University

Brownwood, Texas

Religious Affiliation: Baptist
Denomination: Southern Baptist Convention

Enrollment Size: 1163

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Howard Payne University has qualified for the Worst List because it holds an exemption to Title IX, allowing the college to discriminate against its students on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, pregnancy or receipt of abortion while still receiving federal funds.

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Indiana Wesleyan University

Marion, Indiana

Religious Affiliation: Wesleyan-Holiness
Denomination: Wesleyan Church

Enrollment Size: 14730

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Indiana Wesleyan University has qualified for the Worst List because it holds an exemption to Title IX in order to discriminate against its students on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or receipt of abortion while still receiving federal funds.

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John Paul the Great Catholic University

Escondido, California

Religious Affiliation: Roman Catholic
Denomination: Roman Catholic Church

Enrollment Size: 167

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John Paul the Great Catholic University has qualified for the Worst List because it holds an exemption to Title IX, allowing the college to discriminate against its students on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, pregnancy or receipt of abortion while still receiving federal funds. John Paul the Great Catholic University has also qualified for the Worst List because it worked to dismantle SB 1146, a California bill designed to protect LGBTQ students from discrimination at their Christian college or university.

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Judson College

Marion, Alabama

Religious Affiliation: Baptist
Denomination: Southern Baptist Convention

Enrollment Size: 1290

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Judson College has qualified for the Worst List because it holds an exemption to Title IX, allowing the college to discriminate against its students on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, pregnancy or receipt of abortion while still receiving federal funds.

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Judson University

Elgin, Illinois

Religious Affiliation: Baptist
Denomination: Evangelical

Enrollment Size: 1250

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Judson University has qualified for the Worst List because it holds an exemption to Title IX, allowing the college to discriminate against its students on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, pregnancy or receipt of abortion while still receiving federal funds.

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Kentucky Mountain Bible College

Jackson, Kentucky

Religious Affiliation: Pentecostal
Denomination: Kentucky Mountain Holiness Association

Enrollment Size: 89

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Kentucky Mountain Bible College has qualified for the Worst List because it holds an exemption to Title IX in order to discriminate against its students on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, pregnancy or receipt of abortion while still receiving federal funds.

Campus History

  • July 2016 – Title IX exemption request filed
  • December 2017 - Title IX exemption granted
  • 2016-2017  - Academic Catalog states that: "Therefore, KMBC retains the right to refuse enrollment to or to suspend any student who engages in sexual immorality, including any student who professes to be homosexual/bisexual or who is a practicing homosexual/bisexual, as well as any student who condones, supports, or otherwise promotes such practices (Leviticus 18:22; Romans 1:24-32; 1 Corinthians 6:9-20; 1 Timothy 1:9-11)."
  • 2022 - Doctrine of Faith states that: "KMBC is committed to the Wesleyan interpretation of Christian doctrine and expects all members of faculty and staff to affirm yearly their allegiance to the doctrine, including the following positions:
    • A Biblical view regarding marital faithfulness and monogamy, requiring abstinence from promiscuity, fornication, and homosexual acts/lifestyle."

La Sierra University

Riverside, California

Religious Affiliation: Adventist
Denomination: Christian

Enrollment Size: 2300

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La Sierra University has qualified for the Worst List because it has a past and recent history of anti-LGBTQ discrimination and is cited as one of the campuses in the class action lawsuit Hunter v. the U.S. Department of Education for abuses to LGBTQ+ students over the years. La Sierra University also holds an exemption to Title IX, allowing them to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation while still receiving federal funds.

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LABI College

La Puente, California

Religious Affiliation: Pentecostal
Denomination: Assemblies of God

Enrollment Size: 124

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LABI College has qualified for the Worst List because it holds an exemption to Title IX, allowing the college to discriminate against its students on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, pregnancy or receipt of abortion while still receiving federal funds.

Campus History

  • September 2015 – Title IX exemption request filed
  • July 2016 – Title IX exemption granted
  • Spring 2022 - Student Handbook states that:
    • "We support the dignity of individual persons affirming their biological sex and discouraging any and all attempts to physically change, alter, or disagree with their predominant biological sex (Genesis 1:26–28; Romans 1:26–32; 1 Corinthians 6:9– 11)."
    • "Homosexuality is both a sin against God and mankind. It runs contrary to the divine plan, purpose, and will of God who created us in His image (Genesis 1:27) and redeemed us so that this image, marred because of sin, might be renewed (Colossians 3:10). Most fundamentally, homosexuality is sin because it perverts the created order of human sexuality, the heterosexual fulfillment of both man and woman (1 Corinthians 7:2-5)."
    • "When people choose to engage in premarital sexual activity or homosexual behavior, they depart from the God-given nature of sexuality. Their unnatural sexual behavior is a sin against God, who established the order of sexuality (Romans 1:27). LABI College does not condone any of such behavior."
    • "LABI does not tolerate homosexual dating relationships of any kind, as all homosexual activity or temptation is not condoned within LABI College."

Lancaster Bible College

Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Religious Affiliation: Interdenominational
Denomination: Interdenominational Christian

Enrollment Size: 1970

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Lancaster Bible College has qualified for the Worst List because it holds an exemption to Title IX in order to discriminate against its students on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity while still receiving federal funds.

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Lee University

Cleveland, Tennessee

Religious Affiliation: Pentecostal
Denomination: Christian

Enrollment Size: 5000

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Lee University has qualified for the Worst List because it has a past and recent history of anti-LGBTQ discrimination and specifically advocated as part of a 2019 amicus brief in Bostock v. Clayton County to allow employment discrimination at religious institutions because an employee is gay or transgender.

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Liberty University

Lynchburg, Virginia

Religious Affiliation: Baptist
Denomination: Southern Baptist Convention

Enrollment Size: Not Listed

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Liberty University has qualified for the Worst List because it has a long and well-documented history of anti-LGBTQ discrimination, including placing students in conversion therapydenying tuition discounts to same-sex and trans spouses of military personnel, despite offering those discounts to heterosexual and cisgender spouses; and a formal affiliation with the dangerously anti-LGBTQ Liberty Counsel.

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Life Pacific College

San Dimas, California

Religious Affiliation: Pentecostal
Denomination: The Foursquare Church

Enrollment Size: 584

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Life Pacific College has qualified for the Worst List because it worked to dismantle SB 1146, a California bill designed to protect LGBTQ students from discrimination at their Christian college or university. Life Pacific College has also qualified for the Worst List because it holds an exemption to Title IX in order to discriminate against its students on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, pregnancy or receipt of abortion while still receiving federal funds.

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Lincoln Christian University

Lincoln, Illinois

Religious Affiliation: Restorationist
Denomination: Christian Churches and Churches of Christ

Enrollment Size: 305

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Lincoln Christian University has qualified for the Worst List because it holds an exemption to Title IX in order to discriminate against its students on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity while still receiving federal funds.

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Lipscomb University

Nashville, Tennessee

Religious Affiliation: Restorationist
Denomination: Church of Christ

Enrollment Size: 48884

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Lipscomb University

Lipscomb University has qualified for the Worst List because it has a past and recent history of anti-LGBTQ discrimination and is cited as one of the campuses in the class action lawsuit Hunter v. the U.S. Department of Education for abuses to LGBTQ+ students over the years.

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Louisiana College

Pineville, Louisiana

Religious Affiliation: Baptist
Denomination: Southern Baptist Convention

Enrollment Size: 1300

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Louisiana College has qualified for the Worst List because it holds an exemption to Title IX, allowing the college to discriminate against its students on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, pregnancy or receipt of abortion while still receiving federal funds.

Campus History

  • April 2015 – Title IX exemption request filed
  • July 2015 – Second exemption request filed
  • July 2015 – Title IX exemption granted
  • February 2019 - Louisiana College quits CCCU over LGBT policy, Louisiana College leaves CCCU over support for 'Fairness for All' LGBT compromise
  • 2021-2022 - Student Handbook states that: "​​As followers of Christ, we turn from sexual immorality in its many forms including but not limited to the following: pornography, pre-marital sexual relations, adultery, and same sex romantic intimacy and/or sexual relations. We come alongside those experiencing same sex attractions who choose to honor Christ by not pursuing those attractions, just as we come alongside all individuals who seek to live in purity before the Lord (Col. 3:5; Gal. 5:19-21; Rom. 1:21-27; 1 Cor. 6:9-10). We believe we are created by God in His image as two distinct sexes: male and female (Gen. 1:26-28; Matt. 19:4-5). We believe that each person glorifies God and affirms His infinite holiness and wisdom by living in alignment with his or her birth sex. While we acknowledge there may be confusion and brokenness for some individuals in this area, we do not affirm or support transgender identity or expression."

Lutheran Brethren Seminary

Fergus Falls, Minnesota

Religious Affiliation: Lutheran

Enrollment Size: 40

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Lutheran Brethren Seminary has qualified for the Worst List because it holds an exemption to Title IX, allowing the college to discriminate against its students on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, pregnancy or receipt of abortion while still receiving federal funds.

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Malone University

Canton, Ohio

Religious Affiliation: Evangelical
Denomination: Evangelical Friends (Religious Society of Friends)

Enrollment Size: 1123

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Malone University has qualified for the Worst List because it has a demonstrated past history and track record of anti-LGBTQ actions, programs and practices.  The Community Agreement for Sexual Conduct statement reads: "Sex should be exclusively reserved for the marriage relationship, understood as a legal, lifelong commitment between a husband and wife." Note: Under current United States law, legal marriage includes same sex marriage.

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Manhattan Christian College

Manhattan, Kansas

Religious Affiliation: Interdenominational
Denomination: Interdenominational Christian

Enrollment Size: 384

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Maranatha Baptist University

Watertown, Wisconsin

Religious Affiliation: Baptist
Denomination: Independent Baptist (unaffiliated)

Enrollment Size: 962

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Maranatha Baptist University has qualified for the Worst List because it holds an exemption to Title IX in order to discriminate against its students on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, pregnancy or receipt of abortion while still receiving federal funds.

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Messiah University

Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania

Religious Affiliation: Evangelical
Denomination: Christian

Enrollment Size: 3370

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Messiah University has qualified for the Worst List because it has a past and recent history of anti-LGBTQ discrimination and is cited as one of the campuses in the class action lawsuit Hunter v. the U.S. Department of Education for abuses to LGBTQ+ students over the years.

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Mid-Atlantic Christian University

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Religious Affiliation: Restorationist
Denomination: Christian Churches and Churches of Christ

Enrollment Size: Not Listed

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Mid-Atlantic Christian University has qualified for the Worst List because it has a past and recent history of anti-LGBTQ discrimination and specifically advocated as part of a 2019 amicus brief in Bostock v. Clayton County to allow employment discrimination at religious institutions because an employee is gay or transgender.

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Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Kansas City, Missouri

Religious Affiliation: Baptist
Denomination: Southern Baptist Convention

Enrollment Size: 1702

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Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary has qualified for the Worst List because it holds an exemption to Title IX, allowing the college to discriminate against its students on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, pregnancy or receipt of abortion while still receiving federal funds.

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Milligan University

Milligan, Tennessee

Religious Affiliation: Evangelical
Denomination: Non-denominational Christian Church

Enrollment Size: 1300

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Miligan University

Milligan University (formerly Milligan College) has qualified for the Worst List because it has a past and recent history of statements and reports of anti-LGBTQ discrimination on campus that has created an inhospitable, harmful climate for LGBTQ students, staff and faculty.

The President Bill Greer in 2020 reiterated that "we endorse the position that 'The Christian scriptures portray human sexuality as a gift from God intended to be expressed within the context of chastity in singleness or covenant marriage.' Further, we believe that 'Biblical marriage is heterosexual.' It is important to understand, however, that this position does not prohibit someone who identifies with the LGBTQ community from enrolling here. Nor does allowing enrollment imply acceptance of this lifestyle. It does, however, demonstrate the sort of grace that Jesus would show.'

As stated in the university Faculty Handbook even tenured professors can be terminated for “immoral conduct,” including “immoral sexual conduct,” which is described as “any sexual conduct outside of a marriage relationship of a man and a woman.”

2019 graduate Mikaela Way said to the news. "I’d say a huge percentage of that community is closeted and doesn’t feel like they can be their true and honest selves with the people who are supposed to love them and know them best of all — their Christian community.”

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Mississippi College

Clinton, Mississippi

Religious Affiliation: Baptist
Denomination: Southern Baptist Conventiom

Enrollment Size: 4921

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Mississippi College has qualified for the Worst List because it holds an exemption to Title IX, allowing the college to discriminate against its students on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, pregnancy or receipt of abortion while still receiving federal funds.

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Missouri Baptist University

Saint Louis, Missouri

Religious Affiliation: Baptist
Denomination: Southern Baptist Conventiom

Enrollment Size: 5212

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Moody Bible Institute

Chicago, Illinois

Religious Affiliation: Interdenominational
Denomination: Interdenominational Christian

Enrollment Size: 3545

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Moody Bible Institute has qualified for the Worst List because members of its staff signed onto the Nashville Statement condemning LGBTQ people and using religion-based bigotry to perpetuate stereotypes and harm toward LGBTQ youth. In addition, the campus employs faculty who promote harmful "ex-gay" conversion therapy.

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Multnomah University

Portland, Oregon

Religious Affiliation: Interdenominational
Denomination: Interdenominational Christian

Enrollment Size: 418

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Multnomah University has qualified for the Worst List because it holds an exemption to Title IX in order to discriminate against its students on the basis of gender identity while still receiving federal funds.

Campus History

  • February 2015 – Title IX exemption request filed
  • December 2015 – A Portland University Wants Federal Permission to Ban Transgender Students
  • December 2015 – Protesters gather at Multnomah University demonstrating against Title IX exemption
  • December 2015 – Federal Funding Is Not a Form of Religious Liberty
  • August 2016 – Title IX exemption granted
  • September 2016 - 2 Oregon universities on list of 'absolute worst campuses' for LGBTQ students
  • September 2018 - Christian Colleges Send Mixed Signals to LGBTQ+ Students
  • 2020 - Human Sexuality and Purity Understanding states that:
    • "Alongside clear biblical teachings on God’s design for heterosexual marriage are found specific instructions that prohibit homosexual conduct. For example, the Old Testament says: “Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable” (Lev. 18:22, 20:13). Homosexual conduct is prohibited because it is out of harmony with God’s design for his created human beings. Further, the New Testament states: “They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator—who is blessed forever. Amen. For this reason, God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty for their error” (Rom. 1:25-27; NAS)."
    • "What will disqualify a potential or existing student/employee who is struggling with gender identity is not the presence of the struggle itself, but the lack of willingness to be faithful to God in that struggle as evidenced by a lack of consistent awareness, humility, teachableness, accountability and openness to others in the transformation process towards Christlikeness."
    • "In some cases it may be determined that it is necessary for the student or potential student to work through issues of sexual identity and/or gender confusion apart from being a member of the Multnomah community."
  • 2021-2022 - Student Handbook states that:
    • "Marriage is a human relationship created by God and intended to be heterosexual and monogamous. Sex as an expression of love and a means of pleasure is meant to be enjoyed and reserved for marriage between a man and a woman."
    • "Conduct—Rules and Regulations Any student found to have committed or to have attempted to commit the following misconduct may be subject to the disciplinary sanctions outlined in Article IV:  Sexual activity outside of a heterosexual marriage, or sexual activity within a marriage that may include but is not limited to rape, abuse, harassment, intimidation, or physical harm.

Nashotah House Theological Seminary

Nashotah, Wisconsin

Religious Affiliation: Not Listed

Enrollment Size: 114

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Nashotah House Theological Seminary has qualified for the Worst List because it holds an exemption to Title IX in order to discriminate against its students on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity while still receiving federal funds.

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New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary

New Orleans, Louisiana

Religious Affiliation: Baptist
Denomination: Southern Baptist Convention

Enrollment Size: 3911

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New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary has qualified for the Worst List because members of its staff signed onto the Nashville Statement condemning LGBTQ people and using religion-based bigotry to perpetuate stereotypes and harm toward LGBTQ youth.

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North Greenville University

Tigerville, South Carolina

Religious Affiliation: Baptist
Denomination: Southern Baptist Conventiom

Enrollment Size: 2319

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Northpoint Bible College

Haverhill, Massachusetts

Religious Affiliation: Pentecostal
Denomination: Assemblies of God

Enrollment Size: 301

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Northpoint Bible College has qualified for the Worst List because it holds an exemption to Title IX, allowing the college to discriminate against its students on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, pregnancy or receipt of abortion while still receiving federal funds.

Campus History

  • September 2015 – Title IX exemption request filed
  • May 2016 – Rep. Clark introduces law to list schools asking for LGBT exemptions
  • August 2016 – Title IX exemption granted
  • 2021 - Code of Honor Pledge states requires students to pledge that: "I will not support or participate in Biblically prohibited sexual acts including lesbian, bisexual, and homosexual behavior, sexual relations outside of marriage, or transgender and cross gender identity activity. (Cross gender identity is seeking to live as or identify with a sex or gender other than the biological sex or gender assigned to an individual by God at birth.) See Genesis 1:27; Leviticus 18; Deuteronomy 22:5; Romans 1:18- 32; 1 Corinthians 6:18-30; 1Timothy 1:10."
  • 2021-2022 - Student Handbook states that: "Issues requiring the attention of the student life committee are based on but not limited to the following infractions: iii. Participating in lesbian, bisexual, homosexual behavior, as well as transgender and gender identity activity (Leviticus 18:22; Romans 1:26-27;1 Corinthians 6:9 NKJV). "

Northwest Nazarene University

Nampa, Idaho

Religious Affiliation: Wesleyan-Holiness
Denomination: Church of the Nazarene

Enrollment Size: 2249

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Campus History

  • July 2014 – Title IX exemption request filed
  • August 2014 – Title IX exemption granted
  • 2022 - Student Handbook states that:
    • "We commit to lives of sexual purity. Recognizing that we are beings made in the image of God, we seek to restrain ourselves from behaviors and actions that discredit or harm the inherent value we hold as beings gifted with sexual impulses and desires. We commit to live out and singularly promote the God-given gift of gender identity. With that in mind, we commit to a view of sex as being fully realized between male and female within the gift of the marriage covenant as defined by the church. Married students commit to being faithful within their marriage covenant and to avoid any sexual behavior outside that covenant relationship. We avoid any public displays of affection between individuals that might be deemed inappropriate and not in keeping with the heart of this covenant. We commit to avoid the use and/or distribution of pornographic materials, criminal sexual behavior, and any sexual contact outside of heterosexual marriage."
    • "BASIS FOR DISCIPLINE The following conduct constitutes conduct for which discipline as described in this Section is authorized… Sexual conduct outside of heterosexual marriage…Practice or promotion of transgender conduct."

Northwest University

Kirkland, Washington

Religious Affiliation: Not Listed

Enrollment Size: 821

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Northwest University has qualified for the Worst List because of discriminatory anti-LGBTQ+ language in their Student Handbook and because of an email that was circulated amongst faculty that expresses anti-LGBTQ+ policies.

Campus History

  • October 2021 - Email circulated amongst faculty states that:
    • "There are at least two undergrad students who are circulating a petition intended to demand a change to NU’s biblical lifestyle standards around sexual orientation and gender identity. They are also bringing up questions about these issues with faculty members in a way that appears to be an attempt to find faculty support for their views. Apparently the effort isn’t gaining a lot of traction with other students and may be losing momentum. Nevertheless, do be aware and please be careful not to allow yourself to be inadvertently coopted into this endeavor. We all need to be conscious that in this and similar situations, adding one’s name to a petition wouldn’t be interpreted as simply showing support for students or encouraging open discussion, it would be interpreted as agreement with the beliefs behind the petition and what it is calling for."
    • "Northwest University affirms that Biblical morality limits the practice and expression of sexuality to those who have entered the covenant of marriage between a man and woman unmarried students are called to live within that sexual ethic. Accordingly, we expect students who identify as “gay” because of their sexual orientation to reject the gay lifestyle."
    • "At the same time, we expect all members of our community to exhibit a consistent gender identity for the duration of their time at NU (1 Corinthians 14:33); we do not approve of changing or attempting to change one’s sex while enrolled at NU."
  • 2021-2022 - Community Handbook states that:
    •  “We do not condone sexual relations before marriage, outside of marriage, or homosexual practices.
    • “Personal appearance is important, and students are expected to dress to show respect for themselves and their creator by wearing clothing that is neat, modest, and gender appropriate.”
    • In an age in which secular society is increasingly confused about sexual identity and sexual purity, Northwest University (NU) strives to be clear and consistent with all members of our community about expectations regarding the highest standards of Biblical purity in interpersonal relationships...In keeping with Northwest University’s mission and its commitment to evangelical Christianity, the University expects all members of our community to follow the teachings of scripture. We believe God’s design for the gift of sexuality is that it is to be exercised and enjoyed (Song of Songs; Hebrews 13:4) only within the covenant relationship of marriage between one man and one woman (Genesis 2:24)...This prohibition applies to marital infidelity, sexual relationships between unmarried men and women, and homosexual practice. Therefore, as a matter or moral and faith witness, Northwest University expects all members of our community to avoid such conduct themselves and refrain from encouraging it in others (Ephesians 5:3-7).

Nyack College

Nyack, New York

Religious Affiliation: Evangelical
Denomination: Christian and Missionary Alliance

Enrollment Size: 3305

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Oak Hills Christian College

Bemidji, Minnesota

Religious Affiliation: Interdenominational
Denomination: Interdenominational Christian

Enrollment Size: 125

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Ohio Christian University

Circleville, Ohio

Religious Affiliation: Restorationist
Denomination: Churches of Christ in Christian Union

Enrollment Size: 4156

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Ohio Christian University has qualified for the Worst List because it holds an exemption to Title IX in order to discriminate against its students on the basis of gender identity while still receiving federal funds.

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Oklahoma Baptist University

Shawnee, Oklahoma

Religious Affiliation: Baptist
Denomination: Southern Baptist Conventiom

Enrollment Size: 1986

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Oklahoma Christian University

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Religious Affiliation: Reformed
Denomination: Independent Christian Churches/Churches of Christ

Enrollment Size: 2584

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Oklahoma Christian University has qualified for the Worst List because it holds an exemption to Title IX, allowing the college to discriminate against its students on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity while still receiving federal funds.

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Oklahoma Wesleyan University

Bartlesville, Oklahoma

Religious Affiliation: Wesleyan-Holiness
Denomination: Wesleyan Church

Enrollment Size: 1600

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Oklahoma Wesleyan University has qualified for the Worst List because it holds an exemption to Title IX, allowing the college to discriminate against its students on the basis of gender identity, marital status, pregnancy or receipt of abortion while still receiving federal funds.

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Olivet Nazarene University

Bourbonnais, Illinois

Religious Affiliation: Wesleyan-Holiness
Denomination: Church of the Nazarene

Enrollment Size: 4900

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Campus History
  • March 2011 - Student newspaper reports that LGBT students who are seeking to accept their identity are denied campus counseling services
  • March 2012 - Ex-gay speaker Mike Haley speaks at ONU
  • February 2014 - Ex-gay speaker Christopher Yuan speaks at ONU
  • August 2016 - ONU president signs letter against SB 1146
  • July 2019 - He was hired to teach at Olivet Nazarene University. And then someone read his book.
  • 2022 – Lifestyle Covenant states that:
    • "Upon employment, all administrators, faculty and staff are asked to sign a copy of the Employee Statement of Mission, Faith, and Lifestyle Covenant, signifying their commitment to uphold the values of Olivet in their daily lives."
    • "With this belief as our focus, we agree to uphold the following principles:... To avoid certain practices, including, but not limited to, fornication, sexual promiscuity, adultery, pornography, any form of sexual misconduct and homosexual acts."
  • 2022–2023 - University Life Handbook states that:
    • "Therefore, the University prohibits sexual activity outside of heterosexual marriage, the use and/or distribution of pornography, and/ or the promotion of a sexual ethic contrary to the beliefs of the Church of the Nazarene. Students are required to live in harmony with the doctrinal and lifestyle commitments of the University and the Church of the Nazarene relating to sexual activity and gender identity. We believe that gender is established at birth by one’s body and genes and not through personal preference or choice. Identifying as the opposite gender from what was established by birth falls outside our theological understandings of creation and human sexuality. Thus, the University would not allow, for example, a female student by birth to present herself as a male, to use the men’s restroom, locker rooms or living accommodations, or to participate in male athletic programs or other gender-specific activities. Nor would a faculty or staff member be permitted to assume a gender identity apart from his/her birth gender."
    • "It is the conviction of the Church of the Nazarene and Olivet Nazarene University that homosexual behavior falls outside the biblical and historical Christian teachings regarding human sexuality and that the only biblical norm for marriage is the union of one man and one woman."

Oral Roberts University

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Religious Affiliation: Pentecostal
Denomination: Charismatic-Pentecostal

Enrollment Size: 3852

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Oral Roberts University has qualified for the Worst List because it holds an exemption to Title IX in order to discriminate against its students on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, pregnancy or receipt of abortion while still receiving federal funds.

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Ozark Christian College

Joplin, Missouri

Religious Affiliation: Restorationist
Denomination: Independent Christian Churches/Churches of Christ

Enrollment Size: 679

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Ozark Christian College has qualified for the Worst List because it holds an exemption to Title IX, allowing the college to discriminate against its students on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, pregnancy or receipt of abortion while still receiving federal funds.

Campus History

  • November 2015 – Title IX exemption request filed
  • August 2016 – Title IX exemption granted
  • April 2018 – Students who are openly gay and Christian challenge OCC, other religious colleges
  • August 2022- 2023 - Community Guidelines state that:
    • “We believe that premarital sex, extramarital sex, bisexual acts, same-sex marriage, and homosexual acts violate clear biblical teaching on sexual purity."
    • "Consistent with our desire to teach and model a biblical approach to sexuality,  OCC prohibits same-sex dating behaviors and public advocacy for any sexual activity outside of a biblically defined marriage."
    • "Consistent with out commitment to God’s design for gender identity, the public advocacy for or the act of altering one’s birth-gender identity through medical transition or transgender expression is prohibited. This commitment to gender identity also applies to, but is not limited to, the use of bathrooms, locker rooms, student housing, and participating in gender-specific college groups, clubs, and organizations."
    • "All students are responsible for compliance with OCC’s Community Values prohibiting homosexual activity… All same-sex relationships must be platonic relationships.”

Palm Beach Atlantic University

West Palm Beach, Florida

Religious Affiliation: None

Enrollment Size: 2370

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Palm Beach Atlantic University has qualified for the Worst List because of their recent history of anti-LGBTQ+ discrimination in both their admissions and their Values Statement.

Campus History

  • April 2021 - Statement on Human Sexuality states that “We believe that Christian marriage is between a man and a woman.  Sex is a wonderful, God‐given gift explicitly intended for the marital relationship between a biological male and female (1 Corinthians 7:2-5) and gender follows biology,” that “Sexual immorality, including fornication, adultery, and homosexual behavior, is prohibited in Scripture (Romans 1:26‐28; 1 Thessalonians 4:3-8; Matthew 5:28) because our bodies are “a temple of the Holy Spirit” (1 Corinthians 6:13‐20),” and that “PBA expects that their students, faculty, and staff will neither engage in nor promote views of sexuality or gender expression that contradicts biblical standards (Romans 1:21‐27; 1 Corinthians 6:9‐10; Genesis 2:24; Ephesians 5:31).”
  • July 2022 - Christian college accused of rejecting gay student over photo of her kissing girlfriend, Gay Student's Admission Allegedly Rescinded by Florida University

Patrick Henry College

Purcellville, Virginia

Religious Affiliation: Evangelical
Denomination: Christian

Enrollment Size: 344

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Patrick Henry College

Patrick Henry College has qualified for the Worst List because it has a past and recent history of anti-LGBTQ discrimination and specifically advocated as part of a 2019 amicus brief in Bostock v. Clayton County to allow employment discrimination at religious institutions because an employee is gay or transgender. Patrick Henry College also refuses to uphold any part of Title IX reporting requirements and rejects federal monies in order to do so.  As a result, this campus does not comply with Title IX protections for any of its students, including for LGBTQ+ students. 

Campus History 

  • July/August 2019 - Amicus brief in Bostock v. Clayton County to allow employment discrimination at religious institutions because an employee is gay or transgender. The amicus brief from the campus argued that LGBTQ discrimination was allowed under the Title VII of the Civil  Rights Act of 1964 because it does not and should not extend to sexual orientation or gender identity.
  • 2022 - The Patrick Henry College Student Handbook states that:
    • Human sexuality is a great blessing created by God to be enjoyed within the context of a monogamous marriage between a man and a woman; any sexual conduct outside the parameters of marriage is sin.”
    • The practice of homosexual conduct or other extra-marital sexual relations is inconsistent with our faith position.”
    • Since any sexual conduct outside the parameters of the faithful marriage of a man and a woman is sin, any government which creates legal structures to encourage or condone inappropriate sexual activity or lust, heterosexual or homosexual, or which creates special legal rights and protections based on sexual conduct, is acting immorally and without authority.” 
    • “Since God created mankind in His own image as male and female, men and women are sexually different but with equal personal dignity. Consequently, any attempts to physically change, alter, or disagree with one’s predominant biological sex, including but not limited to elective sex-reassignment, transvestite, transgender, or nonbinary “genderqueer” acts or conduct are sinful. [Genesis 1:26-28, Romans 1:26-27, 1 Corinthians 6: 9-11]”
    • “The College shall maintain its constitutional and statutory right to discriminate on the basis of religion in order to accomplish the religious mission of the College. The College chooses to limit its student body, board, and staff to those who are committed to its statement of faith. The practice of homosexual conduct or other extramarital sexual relations is inconsistent with the College’s faith position.
    • “Students will not dress in a way that will cause others to mistake them for a member of the other sex (e.g., 1 Tim 2:9; Deut 22:5).”
    • Students will not advocate non-Biblical sexual practices, such as extra-marital sex, homosexuality or homosexual “marriage” (e.g., Is 5:20, Romans 1:26-27).”

Pensacola Christian College

Pensacola, Florida

Religious Affiliation: Baptist
Denomination: Independent Baptist

Enrollment Size: 4881

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Pensacola Christian College has qualified for the Worst List because of discriminatory language in their student handbook and anti-LGBTQ+ language in their statement of biblical foundations. Pensacola Christian College also refuses to uphold any part of Title IX reporting requirements and rejects federal monies in order to do so.  As a result, this campus does not comply with Title IX protections for any of its students, including for LGBTQ+ students. 

Campus History

  • August 2022 - Biblical Statement states that “We believe that God created man and woman in His image and instituted marriage between one who is genetically male and one who is genetically female (Gen. 2:18–24). Marriage is a sacred, exclusive union between a man and woman and serves as a picture of Christ’s relationship with the church (Matt. 19:3–12, Eph. 5:22–33). We believe that God has commanded that sexual activity be exclusively reserved to a man and a woman who are legally married to each other; and that Scripture forbids any form of sexual immorality including adultery, fornication, homosexuality, bestiality, incest, and use of pornography (Matt. 5:27–28, 15:18–20; 1 Cor. 6:9–11 & 18, 7:1–5; Heb. 13:4).”
  • 2022 - 2023 - Student Handbook states that:
    • "Pornography or sexual immorality—The Bible indicates that all sexual activity is only intended to be within a monogamous, heterosexual marriage. Any other sexual activity or involvement in pornography or sexual communication (including jokes) whether verbal, written, or electronic is prohibited. (1 Cor. 6:9–10, 1 Cor. 6:18–20, Matt. 5:28, Heb. 13:4, Rom. 1:26–27, Ps. 119:37, 1 John 2:16, Prov. 14:9)"
    • "Transgender identification—God created each individual in His image with distinct attributes. For this reason, rejecting or changing biological gender/identity through alternate means such as medication, surgery, appearance, dress, personal pronouns, etc., is not permissible. (Ps. 139:13–14, Gen. 1:26–27, Matt. 19:4)"

Phoenix Seminary

Phoenix, Arizona

Religious Affiliation: Interdenominational
Denomination: Interdenominational Christian

Enrollment Size: 244

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Phoenix Seminary has qualified for the Worst List because members of its staff signed onto the Nashville Statement condemning LGBTQ people and using religion-based bigotry to perpetuate stereotypes and harm toward LGBTQ youth.

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Point Loma Nazarene University

San Diego, California

Religious Affiliation: Wesleyan-Holiness
Denomination: Church of the Nazarene

Enrollment Size: 3852

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Point Loma Nazarene University has qualified for the Worst List because it worked to dismantle SB 1146, a California bill designed to protect LGBTQ students from discrimination at their Christian college or university.

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Point University

West Point, Georgia

Religious Affiliation: Methodist
Denomination: Free Methodist Church of North America

Enrollment Size: 2200

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Point University

Point University has qualified for the Worst List because it has a past and recent history of anti-LGBTQ discrimination and specifically advocated as part of a 2019 amicus brief in Bostock v. Clayton County to allow employment discrimination at religious institutions because an employee is gay or transgender.

Campus History 

Presbyterian Theological Seminary in America

Santa Fe Springs, California

Religious Affiliation: Presbyterian
Denomination: Presbyterian

Enrollment Size: 42

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Presbyterian Theological Seminary in America has qualified for the Worst List because it holds an exemption to Title IX, allowing them to discriminate on the basis of sexuality, gender identity, and sexual purity while still receiving federal funds.

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Randall University

Moore, Oklahoma

Religious Affiliation: Baptist
Denomination: Free Will Baptist

Enrollment Size: 365

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Randall University has qualified for the Worst List because it holds an exemption to Title IX in order to discriminate against its students on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity while still receiving federal funds.

Campus History

  • September 2016 – Title IX exemption request filed
  • December 2017 - Title IX exemption granted
  • 2021-2022 - Student Handbook states that:
    • "Failure to comply with the university’s sexual morality policy will result in disciplinary action. Below is a list of some of the practices that directly violate policy: The University will not tolerate homosexual activities or the promotion of homosexuality within its jurisdiction. Admission or detection of homosexual practices or advocacy by a student will result in dismissal from the College. Because the Bible teaches that homosexuality is a sin (Lev. 18:22, 20:13; Romans 1:25-32; I Cor. 6:9) and because we accept the Bible as the Word of God, Randall University does not consider a homosexual lifestyle to be an acceptable pattern of human behavior. Randall University reserves the right to require the withdrawal of any student identifying as homosexual, gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender. Students who struggle with homosexual thoughts or behaviors but do not identify as homosexual, gay, lesbian, bisexual, or 39 transgender (meaning the student does not regularly practice or want to continue this lifestyle) will be given the option to attend counseling either administered or set up by the University."
    • "The university reserves the right to require the immediate withdrawal of students who identify as transgender/trans, bigender, transition, transsexual, or any other type of gender confusion that alters the birth sex."

Reformation Bible College

Sanford, Florida

Religious Affiliation: Reformed
Denomination: Reformed Christian

Enrollment Size: Not Listed

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Reformation Bible College

Reformation Bible College has qualified for the Worst List because members of its staff signed onto the Nashville Statement condemning LGBTQ people and using religion-based bigotry to perpetuate stereotypes and harm toward LGBTQ youth.

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Reformed Theological Seminary

Jackson, Mississippi

Religious Affiliation: Reformed
Denomination: Presbyterian Church in America

Enrollment Size: 1534

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Reformed Theological Seminary

Reformed Theological Seminary has qualified for the Worst List because members of its staff signed onto the Nashville Statement condemning LGBTQ people and using religion-based bigotry to perpetuate stereotypes and harm toward LGBTQ youth.

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Regent University

Virginia Beach, Virginia

Religious Affiliation: Interdenominational
Denomination: Interdenominational Christian

Enrollment Size: 8952

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Regent University has qualified for the Worst List because members of its staff signed onto the Nashville Statement condemning LGBTQ people and using religion-based bigotry to perpetuate stereotypes and harm toward LGBTQ youth.

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Rhema Bible Training College

Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

Religious Affiliation: Pentecostal
Denomination: Rhema Bible Church

Enrollment Size: Not Listed

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Rhema Bible Training College has qualified for the Worst List because it holds an exemption to Title IX, allowing the college to discriminate against its students on the basis of sexual orientation, or gender identity while still receiving federal funds.

Campus History

  • January 2016 – Title IX exemption request filed
  • March 2016 – Title IX exemption granted
  • 2021-2022 - Student Handbook states that:
    • “Do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor abusers, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you are washed, but you are sanctified, but you are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God” (1 Cor. 6:9–11 MKJV).
    • "Therefore, RBTC will not allow any type of physical or sexual activity/behavior other than what the Bible states is permitted for a husband and wife who are legally married. This includes, but is not limited to, homosexual activities, fornication, adultery, pornography, and so forth which are immoral behavior and are not permitted."

San Diego Christian College

Santee, California

Religious Affiliation: Evangelical

Enrollment Size: 449

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San Diego Christian College has qualified for the Worst List because of its anti-LGBTQ+ language on its website. 

Campus History

  • 2022 - Biblical Preamble states that: "We believe that God has established marriage as a lifelong, exclusive relationship between one man and one woman and that all intimate sexual activity outside the marriage relationship, whether heterosexual, homosexual, or otherwise, is contrary to God’s creative order and express will (Gen. 2:24-25; Ex. 20:14, 17, 22:19; Lev. 18:22-23, 20:13, 15-16; Matt. 19:4-6, 9; Rom. 1:18-31; I Cor. 6:9-10, 15-20; I Tim. 1:8-11; Jude 7). We believe that God created the human race male and female and that all conduct with the intent to adopt a gender identity other than one’s birth gender is also contrary to God’s creative order and express will (Gen. 1:27; Deut. 22:5)."

Seattle Pacific University

Seattle, Washington

Religious Affiliation: Wesleyan-Holiness
Denomination: Free Methodist Church of North America

Enrollment Size: 3601

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Seattle Pacific

Seattle Pacific University has qualified for the Worst List because it has a past and recent history of anti-LGBTQ discrimination and is cited as one of the campuses in the class action lawsuit Hunter v. the U.S. Department of Education for abuses to LGBTQ+ students over the years. In September 2022, a group of students, faculty, and staff partnered with the Religious Exemption Accountability Project to sue "members of the university's board of trustees for breaches of fiduciary duty relating to the university's anti-LGBTQ+ discriminatory hiring policy." 

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Shepherds Theological Seminary

Cary, North Carolina

Religious Affiliation: Interdenominational
Denomination: Interdenominational Christian

Enrollment Size: 75

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Shame List Title IX Exempt

Shepherds Theological Seminary has qualified for the Worst List because it holds an exemption to Title IX in order to discriminate against its students on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity while still receiving federal funds.

Campus History

  • November 2016 – Title IX exemption request filed
  • December 2017 - Title IX exemption granted
  • 2021-2022 - Student Handbook states that:
    • "We believe that sexual activity outside of a marriage between one man and one woman is sin. Any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, transgender, bestiality, incest, pedophilia, fornication, adultery, and pornography are sinful perversions of God’s gift of sex. God has created us male and female, and He desires that we find joy and contentment in His design. (Genesis 2:24; Genesis 19:5, 13; Genesis 26:8–9; Leviticus 18:1–30; Romans 1: 26– 29; 1 Corinthians 5:1; 6:9; 1 Thessalonians 4:1–8; Hebrews 13:4)"
    • "Any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, transgender, bestiality, incest, pedophilia, fornication, adultery and pornography are sinful perversions of God’s gift of sex (Genesis 19:5, 13; 26:8–9; Leviticus 18:1–30; Romans 1:26–29; 1 Corinthians 5:1, 6:9; 1 Thessalonians 4:1–8; Hebrews 13:4)."
    • "We believe God has expressly condemned sexual intercourse outside of the marriage covenant. This prohibition applies to married persons committing adultery, unmarried heterosexual relationships, and any form of homosexual relationship. It is God’s expectation that the unmarried shall live pure and celibate lives, refraining from sexual intimacy (Leviticus 18:22; Deuteronomy 23:17; Romans 1:26–27; 1 Corinthians 6:9). Because of the serious consequences unrepentant sexual sin can have on ministry, faculty, students and staff members who disagree with this policy or who do not conform their conduct to it are expected to resign their relationship with STS or they will be dismissed."

Shorter University

Rome, Georgia

Religious Affiliation: Baptist
Denomination: Southern Baptist Conventiom

Enrollment Size: 3702

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Shorter University has qualified for the Worst List because it holds an exemption to Title IX, allowing the college to discriminate against its students on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, pregnancy or receipt of abortion while still receiving federal funds.

Campus History

  • October 2011 - Shorter University faculty leaving over new lifestyle statements; one employee speaks out
  • May 2012 - Shorter University’s ‘Personal Lifestyle Statement’ Which Bans Gay Employees Leads To Faculty Exodus
  • January 2016 – Title IX exemption request filed
  • May 2016 – Title IX exemption granted
  • February 2022 - Student Handbook states that:
    • "In student life, we also regard sex at birth as the identification of the given biological sex of each member of our constituency. Any blurring of the boundary between maleness and femaleness, such as identifying oneself as a transvestite, transsexual, or transgendered, is contrary to biblical standards. We must view the actions or intentions of those seeking fundamental changes of any kind from one’s sex at birth as a rejection of the biblical and theological understandings to which Shorter University is committed, and hence as grounds for removal from consideration for student employment /or from consideration for enrollment for a student applicant, and as grounds for termination of employment for a current employee (faculty or staff) and/or termination of enrollment of a current student. The same is true for persistent or exaggerated examples of cross- dressing, or other expressions or actions that are deliberately discordant with birth sex."
    • The handbook also states that homosexuality may result in suspension or expulsion. 

Simpson University

Redding, California

Religious Affiliation: Evangelical
Denomination: Christian and Missionary Alliance

Enrollment Size: 1162

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Simpson University has qualified for the Worst List because it holds an exemption to Title IX, allowing the college to discriminate against its students on the basis of gender identity while still receiving federal funds.

Campus History

  • October 2013 – Title IX exemption request filed
  • May 2014 – Title IX exemption granted
  • May 2016 - Senate bill says religion no excuse for LGBT discrimination
  • August 2016 - Simpson unlikely to be sued for LGBT discrimination after bill change, school says
  • 2021-2022 - Student Handbook states that: "Simpson University affirms the biblical guidelines that all sexual relationships are expected to be within the context of a faithful heterosexual marriage. Using the biblical guidelines of heterosexual marriage and sexuality (including the honoring of physical, emotional and spiritual intimacy as a reflection of God's covenant of love for us) as a reference point, inappropriate sexual conduct (including, but not limited to; intercourse, oral sex, transgender behavior, homosexual expressions of physical intimacy, genital contact and undressing) is subject to discipline, which is administered in a caring and redemptive manner. Each situation is evaluated separately, taking into consideration the individuals and circumstances uniquely involved, so that the help provided is loving, beneficial, and promotes growth in the individuals involved."

Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

Wake Forest, North Carolina

Religious Affiliation: Baptist
Denomination: Southern Baptist Conventiom

Enrollment Size: 3000

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Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary has qualified for the Worst List because it holds an exemption to Title IX, allowing the college to discriminate against its students on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, pregnancy or receipt of abortion while still receiving federal funds.

Campus History

  • December 2015 – Title IX exemption request filed
  • January 2016 – Title IX exemption granted
  • August 2016 - Eight Carolinas colleges included on ‘Shame List’ for LGBT discrimination
  • August 2017 - SEBTS employees, including president, sign Nashville Statement
  • 2022- Doctrinal Statement states that:
    • "Consistent with our desire to teach and model a biblical approach to sex, SEBTS prohibits the practice or any form of private or public advocacy for the idea that sex outside of a biblically defined marriage is morally acceptable (including the affirmation or participation in same-sex or transgendered dating or marriage advocacy, participation, and/or other related behaviors)."
    • "Based on these affirmations, we believe that premarital sex, extramarital sex, homosexual activity, and transgendered behaviors violate clear biblical teaching on sexual purity (Gen. 1:26-28; Gen. 2:15-25; Rom. 1:26-27; 1 Cor. 6:18-20; Gal. 5:19-21; Eph. 5:3; Col. 3:5-6). Therefore, behavior inconsistent with these Biblical standards contradicts the values of our covenant community and is prohibited even when consensual."
    • "WE DENY that God has designed marriage to be a homosexual, polygamous, or polyamorous relationship. We also deny that marriage is a mere human contract rather than a covenant made before God... WE DENY that adopting a homosexual or transgender self-conception is consistent with God’s holy purposes in creation and redemption... WE AFFIRM that it is sinful to approve of homosexual immorality or transgenderism and that such approval constitutes an essential departure from Christian faithfulness and witness... WE DENY that the approval of homosexual immorality or transgenderism is a matter of moral indifference about which otherwise faithful Christians should agree to disagree... WE AFFIRM that the grace of God in Christ enables sinners to forsake transgender self- conceptions and by divine forbearance to accept the God-ordained link between one’s biological sex and one’s self-conception as male or female."
  • 2022-2023 - Student Handbook states that:
    • "Consistent with our desire to teach and model a biblical approach to sex, SEBTS prohibits the practice or any form of private or public advocacy for the idea that sex outside of a biblically defined marriage is morally acceptable (including the affirmation or participation in same-sex or transgendered dating or marriage advocacy, participation, and/or other related behaviors)."
    • "Based on these affirmations, we believe that premarital sex, extramarital sex, homosexual activity, and transgendered behaviors violate clear biblical teaching on sexual purity (Gen. 1:26-28; Gen. 2:15-25; Rom. 1:26-27; 1 Cor. 6:18-20; Gal. 5:19-21; Eph. 5:3; Col. 3:5-6). Therefore, behavior inconsistent with these Biblical standards contradicts the values of our covenant community and is prohibited even when consensual."

Southeastern University

Lakeland, Florida

Religious Affiliation: Pentecostal
Denomination: Assemblies of God

Enrollment Size: 2779

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Shame List Title IX Exempt

Southeastern University has qualified for the Worst List because it holds an exemption to Title IX in order to discriminate against its students on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity while still receiving federal funds.

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Southern Evangelical Seminary

Matthews, North Carolina

Religious Affiliation: Interdenominational
Denomination: Interdenominational Christian

Enrollment Size: 284

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Southern Evangelical Seminary has qualified for the Worst List because its president signed onto the Nashville Statement condemning LGBTQ people and using religion-based bigotry to perpetuate stereotypes and harm toward LGBTQ youth.

Campus History

  • August 2017 - SES president signs Nashville Statement
  • 2020–2021 - Student Handbook states that: "Since conditions of our day focus on certain issues, we take note also that the Bible not only forbids “drunkenness” (Prov. 20:1 cf. 23:30–32) and homosexual acts, declaring: “Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God”"

Southern Nazarene University

Bethany , Oklahoma

Religious Affiliation: Wesleyan-Holiness
Denomination: Church of the Nazarene

Enrollment Size: 2254

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Shame List Title IX Exempt

Southern Nazarene University has qualified for the Worst List because it holds an exemption to Title IX, allowing the college to discriminate against its students on the basis of gender identity or receipt of abortion while still receiving federal funds.

Campus History

  • November 2015 – Title IX exemption request filed
  • January 2016 – Title IX exemption granted
  • 2022 - Student Handbook states that: "5. We value sexual purity and the sanctity of Christian marriage; therefore, abstaining from sexual immorality (including, but not limited to, premarital or extramarital sex, other immoral sexual activity, and homosexual behavior) is expected."

Southern Virginia University

Buena Vista, Virginia

Religious Affiliation: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
Denomination: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

Enrollment Size: 1100

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Southern Virginia University

Southern Virginia University has qualified for the Worst List because it has a past and recent history of anti-LGBTQ discrimination and specifically advocated as part of a 2019 amicus brief in Bostock v. Clayton County to allow employment discrimination at religious institutions because an employee is gay or transgender.

Campus History 

Southern Wesleyan University

Central, South Carolina

Religious Affiliation: Wesleyan-Holiness
Denomination: Wesleyan Church

Enrollment Size: 2414

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Shame List Title IX Exempt

Southern Wesleyan University has qualified for the Worst List because it holds an exemption to Title IX, allowing the college to discriminate against its students on the basis of gender identity, pregnancy or receipt of abortion while still receiving federal funds.

Campus History

Southwest Baptist University

Bolivar, Missouri

Religious Affiliation: Baptist
Denomination: Southern Baptist Conventiom

Enrollment Size: 3696

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