Jayce is a female-to-male transgender student at George Fox University, who wants to live with his male friends. But when he made the request to the college, they said declined, citing their policy which doesn’t allow students of the opposite sex to live together on, or off, campus. They have since said that as long as he legally changes his gender they will allow him to live with other males off campus, but that’s not what Jayce wants. He wants to live on campus.
Jayce has a lawyer helping him now. Paul Southwick is an attorney with Davis Wright Tremaine, and a gay man who graduated from George Fox University. He dedicates much of his time to students like Jayce who face what he considers discrimination based on their gender or sexual orientation.
Currently they have filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education citing Title 9 discrimination.
Jayce’s mother has started a campaign on change.org to fight for the rights of her son. The petition currently has over 4,000 signatures. Some students are standing up for his rights with a rally beginning on Thursday.
George Fox University declined to join our show, but they did offer this statement:
George Fox strives to be a Christ-centered community and our residential facilities are single gender because of our theological commitments. The student’s request to switch from female-only on-campus housing to male-only on-campus housing is one that many institutions would struggle with.
While the university did not grant his request to live on campus with males, the student was not denied on-campus housing. He was offered the option of an on-campus single apartment with a commitment from Student Life to ensuring he stayed socially connected to the community.
The university has researched the student’s attorney’s legal claims and believes they are without merit, especially given the religious nature of the university.
The university has made many efforts to provide support and accommodation for the student and remains committed to his academic, physical, emotional and spiritual welfare.
What’s your opinion? Where, and with whom, should Jayce be allowed to live? Why?
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OPB | Feb. 22, 2017