Calvin College

Name: Calvin College
Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan
Religious Affiliation: Christian Reformed Church
Enrollment: 4,199
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Concerning GLBT Equality:

The Calvin College 2006-07 student handbook states:

Calvin College is a Christian institution situated within the Reformed tradition. As such, the College may, under the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States and various relevant statutes, lawfully discriminate on the basis of religious and confessional criteria in its hiring, personnel practices and admissions. One example is the College’s use of religious faith, confessional commitments and church membership as conditions of employment for faculty and administrators with faculty status. Another example relates to sexual conduct. Though it is the College’s policy to assure equal opportunity in its hiring, personnel practices and admissions without regard to marital status or sexual orientation, sexual relations outside of marriage are proscribed (see e.g., Handbook for Teaching Faculty – Section 6.1.2). Marriage is understood by the College and the Christian Reformed Church, with which it is affiliated, to be a covenantal union between a man and a woman.

The policies and procedures set forth in this document do not abrogate the College’s rights under the First Amendment or relevant statutes, nor do they limit the ability of the College to take disciplinary action against members of the community who violate the College’s legitimate requirements or standards of behavior.

The Calvin College student handbook can be viewed as a PDF here.