Transgender Student Files Complaint Against Christian University for Denying Use of Male Dorm

JayceNEWBERG, Ore. — A transgender student who was born biologically as a female and now seeks to identify as a male recently filed a federal complaint against a Christian university in Oregon for denying her the use of the male dorms.

The student, identified only as “Jayce,” lodged the sexual discrimination complaint with the United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights on Friday, stating that officials at George Fox University “denied [their] request to live with other male students on campus.”

Jayce is sophomore and has been changing her appearance from female to male over the past few years. She first approached officials about her desire to live in the male dormitory in December, but officials denied her request, stating that because she is biologically a female, she must use the female dorms.

The student later obtained legal counsel after officials continued to stand their ground over the matter due to its Christian beliefs.

“The university’s decision makes me feel rejected, misunderstood and punished for something I cannot change,” Jayce told local television station KGW. “It also makes me anxious and nervous about where I’ll be able to live next year, and the year after that.”

But George Fox University issued a statement on the same day that the complaint was filed, reiterating its commitment to the Scriptures and asserting that it had been more than understanding to the student.

“George Fox strives to be a Christ-centered community and our residential facilities are single gender because of our theological commitments,” the statement read. “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.”

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It outlined that the school went so far as to refer to Jayce as a male, while drawing the line at allowing her to live with the men in the male dorms.

“Over the past several months, George Fox Student Life staff has spent many hours with this student hearing his story and offering support,” the statement continued. “Out of respect for the student’s wishes, university staff refers to the student using the masculine pronoun. At this time, the student has not legally changed genders.”

“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,” it said. “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.”

George Fox University was founded in 1885 as a school for Quakers, and is a private institution. Students on campus are largely Christian, and “all … employees—faculty, staff and administrators–are committed Christians.” The university holds to a lifestyle statement that expects staff and students to walk in holiness in their personal lives and be “transformed into the image of Christ.”


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  • “all … employees—faculty, staff and administrators–are committed Christians.”

    Uhhh…then why are they not letting this woman know that homosexuality is a sin (Romans 1:26-27)? If they have allowed her to continue in this sinful lifestyle, violating adherence to God’s Word, why should they be surprised that she wants even more?

    I think it is incredibly hateful to actively or passively encourage someone to continue in willful, unrepentant sin, whatever that sin is. Those who die in unrepentant sin will perish forever (Luke 13:3, 5). Knowing this, it is sadistic to not warn a person of the danger they are in. Especially when the truth is better.

    When God truly saves a person, the way they know they’re saved is that God puts His Holy Spirit inside of them and changes their desires. We no longer want to sin against God. We walk by The Spirit not by the flesh.

    This is the problem with easy-believism. It promotes salvation without repentance and regeneration. Its no surprise then that you have “christians” who don’t want to obey Christ. Matthew 7:21-23

    • M. Olah

      I agree!

    • nathan

      But also sadistic is having to have a person less mature than you talk your ears off about their opinion of your life. If you put yourself in their shoes it would look like a LDS or Jehovah’s witness engaging you about finer points of doctrine that put your salvation in peril. But your moral superiority and social immaturity dictate that your conviction must be followed like the letter of the law. Don’t abort your natural sense of what’s socially appropriate. If you try to input into someone’s life when you have no value to someone that they should care about your moral views you’ll find you’ll be disqualified from any influence of relationship.

  • Lupe

    Something that almost everyone seems to ignore is the fact that she was born a female. She was not a mistake. The father provided X chromosome and since mom has XX the combo results in XX (female). The problem here is psychological not physiological. A female may WANT or WISH to be a male but, as the progressives like to remind everyone, science is science and that’s the way of it.

  • Amen, JesusForSinners! For the life of me, I can’t understand why they would even allow someone with this lifestyle into their University. What do they expect???

  • Matthew Dollaway Sr.

    I think it’s more than allowing someone to walk in sin. I agree “give sin an inch it will take over completely” However we as christian must display CHRIST JESUS as s well most importantly preach the word in season and out of season. Also importantly being a doer of the WORD seems hard for many. I believe that this college was displaying CHRIST in away to save that which is losted. Often time we are quick to condemn rather to be the minister’s of GOD, or a repair of the breach. Especially to those that are our brothers and sisters in the spirit.

  • Nessa

    In jail/prison if you have a male part you will be placed with the male only building. Same goes for women who have a female part, they will be placed in an all women building.
    I am sure this woman wouldn’t be suing the jail to be placed with only men.

    If it is stated by the university guidelines that only men should be in men dorms and only women should be in women dorms, she should not be offend.

  • Jacquelyn Brown

    the fact that this “christian” university is repeatedly referring to this young woman as “he” shows the depth of their compromise. As a private school, they should instead stand by their commitment to biblical correctness, NOT political correctness! They are opening a door that they really don’t want to open!

  • There is a way that seems right unto a man, but the end leads to destruction. George Fox University, hold unto what God has entrusted unto you and not destroy God’s original plan for that university.