School Wants Student to Alter Religious View on Gays

...or be expelled, says Jennifer Keeton's lawsuit
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 27, 2010 12:02 PM CDT
School Wants Student to Alter Religious View on Gays
Jennifer Keeton   (YouTube screenshot)

A graduate student says Augusta State University in Georgia has threatened to expel her unless she attends a remediation program designed to change her beliefs about homosexuality—and now she's suing. In her complaint, Jennifer Keeton, 24, says school officials informed her in May that she would be booted from her master's program in school counseling unless she completes the remediation program and alters her "central religious beliefs on human nature and conduct."

The suit says the remediation plan—which requires her to do additional reading and write papers—made note of Keeton's "disagreement in several class discussions and in written assignments with the gay and lesbian 'lifestyle,'" and her belief that those "lifestyles" are cases of identity confusion. "The faculty identifies Miss Keeton's views as indicative of her improper professional disposition to persons of such populations," the lawsuit states. The university tells Fox News it does not discriminate, but the "curriculum of the counseling education program states that counselors in training" must "follow the ACA Code of Ethics." (Read more Jennifer Keeton stories.)

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