Pepperdine University Blocks Formation Of Gay And Lesbian Campus Support Group

MALIBU (CBS) — Pepperdine University has blocked formation of an official gay and lesbian support group on its Malibu campus.

School officials say the group’s mission conflicts with the university’s beliefs on sexual morality.

Four thousand students have signed a petition asking the university to reconsider.

The Associated Press reports this is the fourth attempt by Pepperdine students to start a support group for the LGBT — lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender — community at Pepperdine.

Pepperdine is a private university with an enrollment of approximately 7,700, according to its official website.

Pepperdine’s mission statement says that the university is “committed to the highest standards of academic excellence and Christian values.”

  • Paul Corrigan

    The students did not know they signed up to go to a Church of Christ school?

    “Pepperdine University is an independent, private, medium-sized university affiliated with the Churches of Christ.”

  • FLF

    If 4000 students don’t like things at a PRIVATE school then perhaps they need to go to a school that can accommodate their views..I am sure UCLA or one of the other CA state schools can fit them in.

    • Bob Michaels

      4,000 students do not go to Pepperdine ungrad. In Fact only 8,000 go to all of Pepperdine. The actual number currently is currently 576

    • Portia

      They probably weren’t smart enough to get into UCLA that’s why they ended up there. Maybe you should compare school statistics, idiot. UCLA doesn’t just take anyone. That’s the local tiddly winkly “college” YOU went to. Sounds to me like someone didn’t get into UCLA either…

  • Inis Magrath

    The lesson for students (and especially prospective students) is obvious:

    If you are a LGBT person, do NOT enroll in a private church-affiliated university like Pepperdine because they will never treat you as a full member of the academic community.

    • Bob Sheets

      Come Lord Jesus, come!

  • Amanda

    If Pepperdine upholds Christian values should they not also uphold the fact that their Lord and Savior has said that you should love others as you love yourself? Shouldn’t they uphold the values that Christ taught to do unto others as you would have done to you?

    Talk about stunting emotional and intellectual growth in a university setting.

  • henry

    I think there’s a lot of propaganda involved with this story. For starters the student body is comprised of only about 3000 students. something fishy is going on if the group claims to have 4000 student signatures.

    • ZO

      The petition is open to the general public, soth this article is very misleading in that regard. As an alum I’ve been approached repeatedly by members of ReachOUT to sign: it’s a campaign. People must provide their name and information but there is no requirement to enter a student ID or have affiliation with the University. The 4000 consist of a small number of students on campus, family and friends of LGBT from around the country, and national LGBT activists.

      Whatever one’s opinion on LGBT issues, Pepperdine is a private, religious institution that can institute whatever policies it is legally allowed to. ReachOUT has been and will continue to be allowed to exist as an unofficial group, but will not be allowed to receive University-subsidized club funding as an official group. It is wrong, in my opinion, for outsiders to criticize the university for making a decision within their right.

  • Alex

    Come on seriously?…People can be gay all they want I’m pretty sure the school woudn’t care if a student is gay or not since its their personal option. Now creating a support group for gays in a school that upholds christian values is just stupid. It’s like trying to have a Burguer King stand inside McDonalds.

  • Patrick Scott

    The media disgusts me. It is completely out of like to throw in the “conservative” description when speaking about Pepperdine like the news anchor does. just another plot by the media to bash conservative values. Somebody tell me where it says that Pepperdine is actually a conservative school, because when I applied, I was asked no question about my political beliefs. Yes, on different college opinion sites, Pepperdine swings to the more conservative side, but in no way is it a “conservative” only school, like the anchor portrayed it to be. Countless amounts of my peers have extremely liberal views. Pepperdine is comprised of Christians, Muslims, Jews, Whites, Blacks, Asians, Communists, Libertarians, Feminists… the list goes on. So to title the school conservative is just plain ignorant. Yes, it is Christian, that part is true, but the media’s aim to make conservatives look bad is just pathetic.

  • Go Waves

    This report is just plain false. The University has not blocked the group from forming. The group meets and advertises on campus with no administrative blockage. The only thing they do not get is University funding. The University sponsors a committee that is looking for ways to meet the needs of LGBT students and cares for them deeply.

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