A College’s “Lifestyle Agreement”

Trustees at Shorter University, a Baptist institution in Rome, Georgia, have voted to add a “personal lifestyle statement” for all employees.

According to an article by Lydia Senn in the Rome News-Tribune:

Shorter’s statement of faith is accompanied by a lifestyle agreement, in which faculty and staff, including adjunct faculty, agree to… be loyal to the mission of Shorter University, do not engage in the use and sale of illegal drugs, do not view premarital sex, adultery and homosexuality “as acceptable.”

“It has been made clear if they do not abide by (the lifestyle statement) they may be subject to termination,” [President Donald] Dowless said.

Employees are also expected to be active members of a local church. The lifestyle statement explains that the institution “will hire persons who are committed Bible believing Christians, who are dedicated to integrating biblical faith in their classes.”

The college will, however, continue to encourage students to finance their educations using interest-based student loans (which is arguably prohibited, and certainly discouraged, by Deuteronomy 23:19-20, Exodus 22:25, and Luke 6:34-38).

It’s not clear yet if there will be any punishments for wearing clothing made of mixed fibers (which is prohibited in Deuteronomy 22:11) or sending email on Sundays (which is probably not allowed by both Exodus 31:13-15 and Leviticus 23:3).

Faculty and staff must also “refrain from the use of alcohol in the presence of students and in public,” though this particular exclusion is nowhere to be found in the Bible.

Since 2008 Shorter has had a policy of hiring only Christians.

Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer