What happened? George Fox University denied an African-American, transgender student named Jayce the appropriate on-campus housing he needs. The university allowed Jayce to live on-campus in a single apartment by himself or to live with other male students off-campus. Jayce has fully transitioned from female to male socially, medically and legally.

When did this happen? On February 12, 2014, Dean Mark Pothoff told Jayce that his initial decision was that Jayce needed to live with females the following year. On February 24, 2014, after Jayce and his mother implored the university to think of Jayce’s best interests, the university refused to change its mind with respect to on-campus housing but allowed Jayce to live off-campus with other males, at least on a temporary basis. Jayce then appealed this decision to university president Robin Baker. On April 3, 2014, President Baker denied Jayce’s appeal.

What happened next? Jayce’s mom started a Change.org petition that now has over 20,000 signatures. http://www.change.org/petitions/george-fox-university-stop-denying-my-transgender-son-appropriate-on-campus-housing Jayce and his supporters also held a rally near campus that drew attention to the university’s discriminatory decision.

Stay tuned for further updates on Jayce.

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