|Category||Morality & Sexuality Issues|
|Title||Physical Privacy and Sexuality Policies Are Important for Christian Schools|
|Preview||Physical Privacy and Sexuality Policies Are Important for Christian Schools|
Physical Privacy and Sexuality Policies Are Important for Christian Schools
A new perspective—that sexual autonomy trumps religious freedom—is having a significant impact on American culture today. That perspective includes celebrating the rejection of one's God-given sex in favor of embracing a "gender identity" contrary to one's biological creation as male or female. Christian schools across the country are curious how they can better protect themselves and their students from the potential problems a biological sex nonconforming person could pose when they try to force a school to open sensitive sex-specific areas—like restrooms, locker rooms, showers, and other changing areas—to members of the opposite sex.
Alliance Defending Freedom exists to help Christian schools deal with a variety of legal challenges, but the scope and nature of the threat posed by the elevation of sexual autonomy over religious freedom warrants special, focused attention. For that reason, ADF created a Sample Physical Privacy and Sexuality Policy for Christian Schools that clearly articulates a faith-based policy limiting sensitive sex-specific areas to members of only that sex. The freedom of your school to remain a compassionate but faithful witness to biblical sexuality may depend on your thoughtful consideration and implementation of a policy similar to the one ADF has created. ADF's Sample Physical Privacy and Sexuality Policy for Christian Schools is intended to provide general guidance only. Christian schools desiring to implement their own physical privacy and sexuality policy should seek legal counsel from an attorney in their state for state-specific guidance.
Alliance Defending Freedom, www.adflegal.org.
Sample Physical Privacy and Sexuality Policy for Christian Schools
In light of [School's] statement of faith, [statement on marriage and sexuality], and Student Handbook, and in recognition of personal physical privacy rights and the need to ensure individual safety and maintain school discipline, this policy is enacted to advise members of the [School] community of their duties with regard to use of restrooms, locker rooms, showers, and any other [School] facilities where individuals may be undressed in the presence of others.
Sex means the biological condition of being male or female as determined at birth.
Member of the [School] community means any [School] employee, volunteer, student, parent, or visitor.
III. Sincerely Held Religious Belief on Sexuality
[School's] sincerely held religious belief that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as either male or female, and that these two distinct, complementary sexes together reflect the image and nature of God (Genesis 1:26-27). Rejection of one's sex is a rejection of the image of God within that person.
Notwithstanding any other policy, [School] restrooms, locker rooms, and showers designated for one sex shall only be used by members of that sex.
In any other [School] facilities or settings where members of the [School] community may be undressed in the presence of others (e.g., changing costumes during school theatrical productions), [School] shall provide separate, private areas designated for use by members of the [School] community based on their sex.
[School] recognizes there may be instances where members of the [School] community experience disparity between their sex and their feelings about their sex. This disparity can motivate them to behave in ways contrary to God's Word and His plan for their lives. [School] encourages members of the [School's] community who are struggling with their sexual identity to seek help from their pastor and other trained professionals who might best assist them in clarifying and defining their sexual identity in accordance with God's Word.
[School] will at all times interact with members of the [School] community according to their sex. A member of the school community who wishes to express a gender other than his or her sex is understood to be rejecting the truth and image of God within that person. Biblical Christianity requires the body of Christ to compassionately dwell in the truth and assist those we love in doing the same (Ephesians 4:15).
A member of the [School] community who openly and unrepentantly rejects their sex, either in or out of school, is rejecting the image of God within that person—behavior that dishonors the Holy Trinity and the Word of God. Such behavior constitutes a person's failure to adhere to his/her commitment to abide by the behavioral standards established by [School] which is cause for terminating his/her privilege of membership in the [School] community.
To preserve the function and integrity of [School] and to provide a biblical role model to members of the [School] community and the community-at-large, it is imperative that all members of the [School] community-at-large, it is imperative that all members of the [School] community agree to and abide by this policy.
Copies of this policy shall be provided to all [School] employees, volunteers, students, and parents.
Notice: This article is designed to provide accurate and authoritative information in regard to the subject matter covered. It has been provided to member schools with the understanding that ACSI is not engaged in rendering legal, accounting, tax, or other professional services. If legal advice or other expert assistance is required, the services of a competent professional should be sought. Laws vary by jurisdiction, and the specific application of laws to particular facts requires the advice of an attorney.
Association of Christian Schools International
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