Federal Court Sides With University Over Graduate Student’s Expulsion

A federal court denied on Friday a student’s request for a temporary court order that would prevent her expulsion from her graduate program in school counseling at Augusta State University. The student, Jennifer Keeton, who is Christian, filed a lawsuit in July arguing that the university’s faculty members and administrators infringed upon her First Amendment rights to free speech and the free exercise of religion by requiring her to change her beliefs about the morality of homosexuality in order to stay in her program.

The court wrote in its ruling that Ms. Keeton did not show that she was likely to win her case. According to the evidence presented so far, Augusta State faculty members and administrators asked her to follow a remediation plan to meet her profession’s ethical standards and did not ask her to change her personal views on homosexuality.

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