Campus Pride has released their 2021 Worst List of the 180 “absolute worst, most unsafe campuses for LGBTQ+ youth” and four Ohio colleges made the list.
The institutions included in this year’s list have either received or applied for a Title IX religious exemption to openly discriminate against LGBTQ+ youth, or they have a demonstrated history of anti-LGBTQ+ policies, programs, and practices.
“These aren’t just bad campuses or the worst campuses — these campuses fundamentally are unsafe for LGBTQ students, and, as a result, they’re fundamentally unsafe for all students to go to,” Shane Windmeyer, founder and executive director of Campus Pride, said. “They promote an environment of hostility, of discrimination, harassment, toward a group of people, and who wants — when you’re trying to be educated — to have that type of negative learning environment?”
The four Ohio colleges listed — with the accompanying text from Campus Pride — were:
Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio
Cedarville University has qualified for the Worst List because it has a pending Title IX exemption request which acknowledges the college request to discriminate against its students on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity while still receiving federal funds. Members of its staff have also signed onto the Nashville Statement condemning LGBTQ people and using religion-based bigotry to perpetuate stereotypes and harm toward LGBTQ youth.
Franciscan University of Steubenville in Steubenville, Ohio
Franciscan University of Steubenville has qualified for the Worst List because it holds an exemption to Title IX, allowing the college to discriminate against its students on the basis of gender identity while still receiving federal funds.
Malone University in Canton, Ohio
Malone University has qualified for the Worst List because it has a demonstrated past history and track record of anti-LGBTQ actions, programs and practices. The Community Agreement for Sexual Conduct statement reads: “Sex should be exclusively reserved for the marriage relationship, understood as a legal, lifelong commitment between a husband and wife.”
As covered in The Buckeye Flame, students at Malone held a sit-in last week to bring visibility to the resignation of an LGBTQ+ professor and to raise awareness about the lack of safety that some members of the LGBTQ+ community feel on campus.
Ohio Christian University in Circleville, Ohio
Ohio Christian University has qualified for the Worst List because it holds an exemption to Title IX in order to discriminate against its students on the basis of gender identity while still receiving federal funds.
- Prospective students and families who are looking for LGBTQ-friendly campuses are encouraged to visit the Campus Pride Index at www.campusprideindex.com.
- If you or someone you know is experiencing discrimination, bias or involved in a hate crime on a college campus, please Report It at this online form.