Christian college expels lesbian, charges tuition

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Danielle Powell was going through a hard time in the spring of 2011, just months away from graduating from a conservative Christian college in Nebraska. She had fallen in love with another woman, a strictly forbidden relationship at a school where even prolonged hugs were banned.


Powell said she was working at a civil rights foundation in Mississippi to finish her psychology degree when she was called back to Grace University in Omaha and confronted about the relationship. She was eventually expelled — then sent a bill for $6,000 to reimburse what the school said were federal loans and grants that needed to be repaid because she didn't finish the semester.

Powell is now fighting the Omaha school, arguing that her tuition was covered by scholarships and that federal loans wouldn't need to be repaid in that amount. She also notes she was kicked out even after undergoing months of counseling, spiritual training and mentoring insisted upon by the school following her initial suspension.

"I shouldn't have this debt hanging over me from a school that clearly didn't want me," the 24-year-old said.

The university insists that the $6,000 bill covers federal grants and loans that, by law, must be repaid to the federal government because Powell didn't finish her final semester. School officials declined to discuss specifics of Powell's case, citing federal student privacy laws, but through a public relations agency said it would provide Powell official transcripts and transfer her credits.

Written By: Margery A. Beck
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    • In reply to #4 by phil rimmer:

      What a sweet pic! How could any not simply wish them well? How callous a heart does it take not to?

      I adore their expressions. Chances are she was still trying to figure out her sexuality when she started college. So many negative comments on the main article…I just don’t think people really have a clue. I hope a hundred years from now…no, twenty years from now, people will shake their heads at religious bigots of the past. They’re a dying breed and this is their last stand.

      • In reply to #6 by QuestioningKat:

        I adore their expressions. Chances are she was still trying to figure out her sexuality when she started college….twenty years from now, people will shake their heads at religious bigots of the past.

        The ONLY argument we should ever need raise against the bigots are pictures like these. Their expressions are perfect and life enhancing. I love the slightly nervous thing with the hands, a gleeful almost too good to be true and the agreeing “Hah! Yet it is true.”

    • In reply to #4 by phil rimmer:

      What a sweet pic! How could any not simply wish them well? How callous a heart does it take not to? Phil, it’s not a callous heart. It’s sin that God cannot tolerate. He is a just, loving, and holy God but also a righteous judge. Sin = death. The wages of sin is death. All are sinners and worthy of death, not just homosexuals. It is sin (just like lying and stealing, etc.) which is why Christians are against it. Jesus came in the flesh to sacrifice Himself and save us. Your choice. Believe it or not. God gave us all free wills and did not want robots. (The Bible also says someday, at the name of Jesus, EVERY knee will bow).

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        In reply to #4 by phil rimmer:

        It’s sin that God cannot tolerate. He is a just, loving, and holy God but also a righteous judge. Sin = death. The wages of sin is death…

        Who is this Christian troll babbling about God’s love and condemnation? You are not talking to children here. We know what hate dogma looks like. If you have a rational argument about why this woman should be expelled from school and then charged retroactively for her studies, then present it, but spare us the drivel. You sound ridiculous.

    • In reply to #4 by phil rimmer:

      What a sweet pic! How could any not simply wish them well? How callous a heart does it take not to?

      Maybe the hatred for someone different than them makes them go blind to questions like “How would you feel if you were in her shoes?”

  1. She was eventually expelled — then sent a bill for $6,000 to reimburse what the school said were federal loans and grants that needed to be repaid because she didn’t finish the semester.

    Why is the federal government paying for god-bots to enforce their bigotry on their students?

    Powell said she was working at a civil rights foundation in Mississippi to finish her psychology degree when she was called back to Grace University in Omaha and confronted about the relationship. She was eventually expelled

    If this was a social science placement outside the university, what business of theirs was her personal life anyway? I would suggest she sues them for breach of contract!

    • In reply to #5 by Alan4discussion:

      If this was a social science placement outside the university, what business of theirs was her personal life anyway? I would suggest she sues them for breach of contract!

      No sale probably. Part of the contract was the code of conduct that she agreed to, and then broke. Legally this is little different than if a student gets thrown out for smoking pot. She might have a right to sue for fraud / breach of federal rules depending on the schools exact claims about being owed money, and/or their refusal to hand over her academic records.

      • In reply to #11 by ANTIcarrot:

        In reply to #5 by Alan4discussion:

        No sale probably. Part of the contract was the code of conduct that she agreed to, and then broke. Legally this is little different than if a student gets thrown out for smoking pot.

        I can’t speak for American law, but in the UK she would certainly have a claim as, barring extremely limited exceptions (like allowing the Catholic church not to hire women priests), we have banned any discrimination against anybody anywhere on grounds of sexuality. If this happened in the UK the college would right now be facing an enormous claim, which would almost certainly succeed in court.

        • In reply to #14 by Stevehill:

          I can’t speak for American law…

          In the US it varies per state I believe. Some have included sexual orientation in their non-discrimination laws. Private schools are exempt, but considering that state funding was involved this school may just be in trouble.

        • In reply to #14 by Stevehill:

          In reply to #11 by ANTIcarrot:

          No sale probably. Part of the contract was the code of conduct that she agreed to, and then broke. Legally this is little different than if a student gets thrown out for smoking pot.

          I can’t speak for American law, but in the UK … . ..
          If this happened in the UK the college would right now be facing an enormous claim, which would almost certainly succeed in court.

          There are statutory laws in the UK which contract terms cannot override.

          Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts http://www.oft.gov.uk/about-the-oft/legal-powers/legal/unfair-terms/#.Ub8a3tih7PU

          The Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts Regulations 1999 (UTCCRs) protect consumers against unfair standard terms in contracts they make with traders. The Office of Fair Trading, together with certain other bodies, can take legal action to prevent the use of such terms.

          The UTCCRs can protect consumers from terms that reduce their statutory or common law rights and from terms that seek to impose unfair burdens on the consumer over and above the obligations of ordinary rules of law.

          @15 – Sjoerd Westenborg –
          It will be interesting to see if US state laws have anything comparable.

          • In reply to #16 by Alan4discussion:

            @15 – Sjoerd Westenborg – It will be interesting to see if US state laws have anything comparable

            Unfortunately, in the US I think the law is definitely on the side of the school. For one thing its a religious school so probably doesn’t get public money or they couldn’t require this kind of pledge to begin with. But that also gives them a lot of leeway to do as they please. In the US the laws regarding gay rights are still very weak. You can legally get fired for being gay in many states right now. You can legally put out a job posting that says “we won’t hire any gays for this position, don’t even bother to apply if you are gay” in many states. And when you sign the agreements for these kinds of loans you sign your life away, if the school expels you and its too late to drop the classes legally you are responsible. Her only hope is public opinion, perhaps with enough bad publicity the school will just decide to drop it for PR reasons.

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