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Goshen College students wear shirts for, against school's hiring policy

A debate about Goshen College's hiring policy has led students on campus to wear shirts that indicate whether or not they believe the policy is discriminatory.

Posted on March 9, 2014 at 6:21 p.m.

Goshen College students are expressing their opinions about the school's hiring policy in a colorful way.

A group of students at the Mennonite Church-affiliated college claim that the school's hiring policy is discriminatory, Goshen College's student newspaper The Record reports.

The hiring policy is a set of community standards for school employees, which include focusing on Christ, being passionate learners, being peaceful and having integrity, especially when it comes to academic work.

The sexuality portion of the standards states, "The Mennonite Church USA Confession of Faith places sexual intercourse within the covenant of marriage between a woman and man, and therefore employees are expected to follow this understanding."

Students who believe with the policy is discriminatory often wear purple shirts with yellow writing that read, "Where's my LGBTQ prof?" across the chest.

When freshman Ryan Smith saw the shirts, he was inspired to create his own - except in support of the stated policy.

His shirts are butter-yellow and read, "Peacefully, I support the GC hiring practices."

“We should never be afraid to voice our opinions anywhere,” Smith told The Record, adding that he hopes that more students who believe the policy is not discriminatory will start expressing their opinions publicly.

Read more about the shirts and how students are getting involved with the debate, visit The Record's website.

Editor's Note: The original version of this story included a reporting error. The story has been updated and is now correct.


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