William Jessup University to join lawsuit fight aimed at private religious colleges

Lawsuit targets provisions of Federal Financial Aid

EUGENE, Ore. – A federal district court issued an order Friday, October 8th that allows three Christian post-secondary schools to intervene against a lawsuit that seeks to strip all students at private religious colleges of federal financial aid unless their schools renounce core religious beliefs.

The suit, filed by a recently formed LGBT activist group on behalf of some current and former students, intends to prevent any students from using tuition grants, student loans, and any other federal financial assistance at schools that operate according to Christian beliefs on gender or sexual morality.

Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys representing the three schools- Corban University, William Jessup University, and Phoenix Seminary-asked the court to allow them to defend the relevant provisions of Title IX, the federal law under attack. Among other things, Title IX allows students to use federal financial aid at private religious schools that operate according to their beliefs.

Case Name: Hunter v. U.S. Department of Education