Lee University will strictly limit students ’expressions and speeches around gender identity from the beginning of this fall, according to a leaked policy draft.
The draft states that a student at a private Christian university in Tennessee has “no right to publicly identify or behave as gender that is inconsistent with his or her biological gender” and prohibits questioning of student policy or any other university guidelines. .
“Learning about the gift of the Creator’s gender – male and female as an image of God – is an important aspect of a student’s education in Li,” the statement continued. “People have no right to choose their gender, or to observe.”
Under the new policy, students are prohibited from requesting that others refer to them by a different pronoun or new name; “To be presented as a gender other than one’s biological gender in clothing or appearance”; Receiving any type of gender-confirmed treatment or mental care; And using facilities such as bathrooms or dormitories that are not compatible with one’s “biological sexuality”.
A spokesman for Lee said in a statement that the policy had been in place for several years and that it was in line with the Pentecostal Church of God, the organization’s theological foundation.
The updated policy is the latest in a series of anti-LGBTQ + measures taken by the university.
In March 2021, the university publicly corrected a guest speaker for failing to say that LGBTQ + people should repent. Last August, a transgender student was suspended for posting a tic-tac-toe video that he criticized as Lee’s “gay environment.” And in September, Lee removed all references to the words “gender” and “gender identity” from the anti-discrimination policy section of his students’ handbook.
These steps have upset some alumni. Last year a Lee Alumni Group launched the Affirming Alum Collective to advocate for LGBTQ + students on campus; They said Chattanooga Times Free Press Over the weekend they were set to meet with school officials yesterday about the new policy.