Grace University doesn’t believe in forgiving or forgetting. The Christian college expelled Danielle Powell last year after she came out as gay. Now the university refuses to transfer Powell’s credits to another college unless she pays $6,300, the tuition for the semester the school suspended her before it finally expelled her.
Yes, that’s right. Grace wants Powell to pay for barring her from classes before throwing her out for good. In a nice touch, the bill is higher than it would have been because the school revoked Powell’s academic scholarship.
Grace’s policy is that “any student involved in sexually immoral behavior, including premarital sex, adultery, and homosexual acts, is at minimum placed on University probation and may be subject to a Judiciary Hearing.” Powell was ratted out by a spiritual advisor and brought before the hearing, where she was suspended. The school offered a program that included counseling and regular church attendance, which Powell chose to undertake for fear of jeopardizing her three-and-a-half years of college credit. Nonetheless, the university decided not to readmit her.
Powell subsequently learned that Grace would only transfer her credits if she paid $6,300 it claims the school is owed. The school claims it has to return federal funds if a student withdraws during the course of a semester.
Powell has begun a petition to get Grace to forgive her debt. But there’s already a happy ending to the story. Powell proposed to her girlfriend Michelle Rogers at a Macklemore and Ryan Lewis concert, captured on video. The couple have since married.
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