Azusa Pacific University

Name: Azusa Pacific University

Location: Azusa, California
Religious Affiliation: No Official Denominational Affiliation or Religious Affiliation
Enrollment: 8,180
Association of Theological Schools
California Commission on Teacher Credentialing
Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) of American Physical Therapy Association
American Psychological Association
Board of Registered Nursing
Council on Social Work Education
Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Athletic Training
National Council for the Accreditation for Teacher Education
National League for Nursing
Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities

Concerning GLBT Equality:

The Azusa application makes clear their prohibition of homosexuality. The application reads as follows:

Statement of Agreement with Institutional Policies
Reading and signing this statement are conditions of your admission to the American Language and Culture Institute at Azusa Pacific University. Azusa Pacific University is a Christian institution and committed to a biblical system of values. This does not mean that only those from Christian backgrounds are admitted as students. It does mean, however, that every student must conform to policies that relate to the spiritual and social character of the campus environment. These include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. American Language and Culture Institute students must attend one or two on-campus English lectures per week of a Christian nature. These are required as American culture activities in a Christian university setting.
  2. Unmarried cohabitation with members of the opposite sex, sexual misconduct, and homosexual activities are not permitted.
  3. Drinking or being under the influence of intoxicants and using or possessing illegal drugs while in residence at the university, or while on campus property, is not permissible.
  4. Smoking or chewing tobacco is not permissible while in residence at the university, or while on campus property.

I have read the above and understand that failure to comply with these policies will result in disciplinary action and/or dismissal from the American Language and Culture Institute.

A PDF of the application can be viewed here.

The following is Azusa蔘サs statement on human sexuality:

Human Sexuality
As an evangelical community of disciples and scholars who embrace the historic Christian understanding of Scripture, Azusa Pacific University holds that sexuality is a gift from God and basic to human identity as well as a matter of behavioral expression. We hold that the full behavioral expression of sexuality is to take place within the context of a marriage covenant between a man and a woman and that individuals remain celibate outside of the bond of marriage. Therefore, we seek to cultivate a community in which sexuality is embraced as God-given and good and where biblical standards of sexual behavior are upheld.

Biblical Foundations
Foundational principles from the Bible on human sexual relationships are as follows:

  1. Humans, being created in the image of God, are inherently relational beings (Genesis 1:26).
  2. The inherent relational nature of humankind is expressed in a variety of contexts including family, marriage, work, and for Christians, the body of Christ (Hebrews 10:24-25; 1 Corinthians 12:14).
  3. Humans were created as gendered beings. They were expressly blessed by God to be fruitful and multiply and to exercise dominion over the earth (Genesis 1:26-28).
  4. Heterosexuality is God蔘サs design for sexually intimate relationships. Sexual union between a man and a woman is only to take place within the marriage covenant (Genesis 2:18, 21-24; Hebrews 13:4).
  5. Jesus reaffirms the marital covenant as existing between a man and a woman (Matthew 19:4-9).
  6. The New Testament teaches that followers of Christ are to remain celibate outside the bond of marriage. In sexual union, both body and soul are deeply impacted. A person who engages in sexual unions outside the bond of marriage sins against his or her own body, which is the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:13, 18-20).
  7. The sexual union between a husband and wife has been designed by God to bring them together as 蔘�ne flesh,蔘 creating a solid foundation on which to build a family (Genesis 2:18-24; Ephesians 5:31).
  8. In Scripture, several sexual behaviors are expressly forbidden, which include but are not limited to: fornication, adultery, incest, unnatural sexual intercourse, and homosexual acts (Exodus 20:14; Leviticus 18:7-23, 20:10-21; Matthew 5:27-28; Romans 1:20-27; 1 Corinthians 6:9; Galatians 5:19; Ephesians 4:17-19; Colossians 3:5).

Azusa Pacific University pledges to guide the university community toward understanding and embracing their God-given sexuality as reflected in this statement. Any deviation from a biblical standard of sexual behavior is sin and therefore is an opportunity for repentance, grace, and redemption, so that as a community we might honor one another and glorify God.