Missouri State University has just settled out of court a lawsuit recently filed by Emily Brooker, undergraduate student of social work, who claimed that she was punished in class for her beliefs against homosexual adoption.
Brooker... had been assigned by a professor, Frank Kauffman [mail him] to write a letter to the Missouri Legislature expressing support for homosexual adoption. She refused to do so because of her religious objections and was charged with a “Level 3 Grievance,” the most serious charge possible, and faced the possibility of having her degree withheld.
In addition, Brooker faced a 2 1/2 hour interrogation from an “ethics” committee, which asked her personally invasive questions such as “Do you think gays and lesbians are sinners?” and “Do you think I am a sinner?”
In response to the lawsuit, the school has purged the grievance from her academic record and has forced Kauffman to resign from his administrative duties. He was also put on non-teaching leave for the rest of the semester. [Missouri State U. quickly settles lawsuit with student punished for opposing homosexual adoption, Alliance Defence Fund, 11/13/06]
Brooker will receive $9,000 from the university, as well as about $12,000 in fees for a master’s degree in social work. It will also pay for living expenses for two years of graduate school.
N.b. Pretty smart to wait until she graduated before filing!
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