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Azusa Pacific Drops Ban on Same-Sex Student Relationships, Again

Revised code of conduct shifts in favor of “uniform standards of behavior for all students.”
Morgan Lee|
Azusa Pacific Drops Ban on Same-Sex Student Relationships, Again

Azusa Pacific University (APU) has gone back and forth this school year on whether to allow students to date members of the same sex.

Last week, the Southern California Christian college decided, once again, to remove a ban on “romanticized” same-sex relationships from its code of student conduct.

APU had initially made the same change in the fall, only to reverse the decision when its board of trustees said it had never approved the change.

“APU is an open-enrollment institution, which does not require students to be Christian to attend, and the handbook conveys our commitment to treating everyone with Christ-like care and civility,” stated APU provost Mark Stanton. “Our values are unchanged, and the APU community remains unequivocally biblical in our Christian evangelical identity.”

APU, which comes out of a Wesleyan tradition and continues to uphold a traditional view of marriage, does not require its students to be Christian, unlike about a third of ...

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