Student 6 Credits Away From Graduating Kicked Out Of Christian College For Being Gay

Submitted by Take Out on Wed, 09/12/2018 - 13:14

Citing "biblical truths," a college is defending its decision to kick out a student who was six credits shy of graduating due to his sexual orientation.

Gary Campbell, 35, was set to finish his degree at Clarks Summit University in Pennsylvania when school officials last month told him he no longer was welcome to attend.

"I was heartbroken. I was hurt and essentially I just ... felt like I was punched in the gut again," Campbell said in an interview with WBRE-TV. "I always spoke highly of the school. I thought it was a great school with a great staff, and for them to do this to me, it just felt like a slap in the face.

"It doesn't make sense to me why I can't get the same fair treatment."

Campbell attended the school between 2001 and 2003 before enlisting in the Navy. After his service, Campbell said he struggled with alcoholism. He said he's in recovery and has been sober for two years.

The 35-year-old said part of his recovery includes finishing his bachelor's degree.

Citing religious freedom, Clarks Summit University — a private, Christian college — defended its decision to remove Campbell, saying, "We adhere to biblical truths and expect (students) to do the same.

"We have always clearly stated those beliefs and have exercised the freedom to uphold our faith."

The school's response prompted nearby Lackawanna College to offer Campbell the chance to finish his degree there.

"This is right in our mission ... of providing opportunities for young men and women who really want to better themselves," Lackawanna College President Mark Volk said.