Same sex dating rules
But attempts to revise those policies can draw scrutiny and media attention — and can call up a litany of questions about how these rules can be enforced.
The policy already applies to faculty and staff at Abilene Christian.But while school officials say their first reaction is "not exclusion but to love," Kevin Campbell, a vice president there, said it's unclear if Title IX protects students on the basis of their sexual orientation.Further, he said Abilene Christian – like other religiously-affiliated schools – has a ready-made exemption to parts of the statute that campus leaders believe are incongruous with their faith.The NCAA referred questions about the dating policy to Abilene Christian officials. A federal statute enacted in 1972, Title IX, bars colleges that receive federal funding from discriminating on the basis of sex.While school leaders are reluctant to risk losing their accreditation or ability to participate in the NCAA, they seem less worried about being policed by the U. The statute is now widely understood to ensure students are treated equitably in housing, admissions and athletics regardless of their gender identity, too.Augustine-Adams said no waiver has ever been denied and that the ones issued serve as a kind of “formal assurance” that documents schools' exemption.
Abilene Christian has no plans to apply for a waiver.
Some of the state's most prominent religiously affiliated schools — Texas Christian University and Southern Methodist University — did not have exemptions as of that year.
The religious exemptions have been used to exclude “women from particular courses of study that are designed to further priesthood or ordination” or to offer different counseling for male and female students about their career trajectories, said Kif Augustine-Adams, a law professor at Brigham Young University.
“We’ve heard from some that are upset we’re not taking a more open and affirming approach” and others who worry the school is becoming too permissive of actions “inconsistent with our theology.” Walking that tightrope has proven difficult for religious schools.
Some schools, like Baylor University and Abilene Christian, have tried to rejigger their conduct codes.
"Whether you can legally do it or not, we're going to call you out on it." Clements said the members of his Facebook group, now numbering more than 1,400, hope to change Abilene Christian's policy through dialogue, not protests or threats.