School Response to the Rise in Immorality and Homosexual Conduct
Statement of faith
The ministry’s statement of its foundational, Bible-based beliefs must include a statement on human sexuality which clearly spells out its position on homosexuality and marriage.
We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between one man and one woman. We believe that any form of sexual immorality; including homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, incest, fornication, adultery, and pornography are sinful perversions of God’s gift of sex. We believe that God disapproves of and forbids any attempt to alter ones’ gender by surgery or appearance.(Gen. 2:24; Gen. 19:5; Gen. 26:8-9; Lev. 18:1-30; Rom. 1:26-29; I Cor. 5:1; 6:9; I Thess. 4:1-8; Heb. 13:4)
We believe that the only legitimate marriage is the joining of one man and one woman.
(Gen. 2:24; Rom. 7:2; I Cor. 7:10; Eph. 5:22-23)
Standard of Conduct
The Christian school’s Student Handbook must implement the foundational beliefs spelled out in the Statement of Faith. Without implementation, the Statement of Faith’s provisions may be considered outdated or mere aspirations.
A student may be refused admission, dismissed, or expelled from school or asked not to return the following year if he/she is out of harmony with the Statement of Faith, the spirit, or the policies of the school whether on or off property as determined in the sole discretionof the administration.
The implementation may also be applied to the conduct, support, and spirit of parents (if appropriate in light of the school’s enrollment standards):
The staff desires a harmonious relationship with parents. If parents have a question about a school policy or an event that involves their child, they are to notify their child’s teacher. An effort will be made to resolve any differences and maintain excellent communication between parents and ministry staff.
Parental support is an essential part of the educational process.
Define Immoral Behavior
In the discipline section, the student handbook should define the expected standard of conduct as well as setting forth specific categories of conduct that are forbidden. If “immorality” is to be forbidden, the discipline section should clearly define the term from the viewpoint of the administration.
Demonstrations of romantic involvement between students on school property are forbidden. Hand holding, embracing or any other contact that would contribute to undue familiarity will not be tolerated. This type of behavior will result in demerits, suspension or expulsion. Boys and girls must maintain a six-inch distance at all times and behavior should be above reproach.
In accordance with the ministry’s statement of faith and in recognition of Biblical commands, no immoral conduct will be tolerated. The Bible strictly forbids such conduct which includes immoral actions as well as advocating for sinful behavior. The following will not be tolerated in any form and will constitute grounds for expulsion: any actions or identifying statements concerning the change of one’s gender at birth, fornication, adultery, homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, or pornography
(Gen. 2:24; Gen. 19:5, 13; Gen. 26:8-9; Lev. 18:-30; Rom. 1:26-29; I Cor. 5:1; 6:9; I Thess. 4:1-8; Heb. 13:4).
Definition of “immoral act”
Bodily contact, actively undertaken or passively permitted, between members of the opposite sex or members of the same sex for the purpose of satisfying sexual desires and any bodily contact that a reasonable person would understand to demonstrate a propensity or intent to engage in an immoral or homosexual act.
Definition of “identifyingstatement”
A statement that a student is homosexual, bisexual, transgender, or otherwise immoral, or words to that effect or language or behavior that a reasonable person would believe is intended to convey the statement that a student engages in or has apropensity or intent to engage in immoral, transgender, and /or homosexual acts.
Examples: “I am gay,” “I am a homosexual,” I have a homosexual orientation,” “I am transgender,” I identify as another gender.” Homosexual and/or transgender conduct, defined as acts or identifying statements, is incompatible with enrollment at the Christian school and is a basis for dismissal. All students must be treated with dignity and respect, free of threats or harassment.
Definition of “identifying act”
Any acttaken by a student that shows a proclivity for, agreement with, or support for homosexual behavior, transgender behavior, or otherwise immoral behavior.
Examples: Wearing apparel and/or accessories that shows and/or implies support for homosexual, transgender, and/or other immoral behavior. Wearing apparel, makeup, and/or accessories that are commonly associated with another gender than the students naturally born gender. Attempting to use the bathroom and/or locker room facilities of another gender than the students naturally born gender. Homosexual and/or transgender conduct, defined as acts or identifying statements, is incompatible with enrollment at the Christian school and is a basis for dismissal. All students must be treated with dignity and respect, free of threats or harassment.
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