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Non-Discrimination Policy

Within the context of its theological convictions and mission, Phoenix Seminary does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, disability, age or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs and other school-administered programs.

Students with Disabilities

Phoenix Seminary recognizes the gifts and calling to ministry of all students, including students with disabilities. The Seminary strives to honor and address the needs and concerns of its students with disabilities through this statement of program guidelines. The Seminary does not discriminate against applicants/students on the basis of an applicant/student’s disability(ies) as set forth in these Guidelines and as otherwise provided by law.

Phoenix Seminary is a privately funded, nonprofit, religious organization that is committed to providing reasonable accommodations within the limitations of Seminary resources. These Guidelines do not create contractual or other legally enforceable rights, or waive Phoenix Seminary’s rights or status under law.

An accommodation for a disability is designed to help the student function effectively in areas in which his or her disability might otherwise impair academic performance, without fundamentally altering the nature of the student’s classes. To receive disability consideration, a student must request accommodation and provide documentation supporting the nature and limitations of a disability. Accommodations cannot be granted unless the student provides documentation that reasonably supports the requested accommodation.

To apply for an accommodation for a disability, please contact Dr. Josh Anderson, Dean of Students.

Statement on Marriage, Gender and Sexuality

We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity (Mark 12:28-31; Luke 6:31). Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with Scripture or the doctrinal commitments of Phoenix Seminary.

We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female. These two distinct, complementary, and genetically distinct genders as determined at birth together reflect the image and nature of God (Genesis 1:26-27).

We believe that the term "marriage" has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture (Genesis 2:18-25). Sexual expression that pleases God is that which fulfills his intention at creation. The Seminary holds the position that such sexual expression is: (1) faithfulness in marriage between a man and a woman, or (2) chastity in singleness.

We believe that any form of sexual immorality (including adultery, fornication, homosexual behavior, bisexual conduct, transsexual conduct, bestiality, incest, and the use, sale and distribution of pornography) is sinful and offensive to God (Matthew 15:18-20; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10).

We believe that in order to preserve the function and integrity of Phoenix Seminary as an extension and manifestation of the Body of Christ, and to provide a biblical role model to the Phoenix Seminary family and the larger community, it is imperative that all persons employed by Phoenix Seminary in any capacity (faculty, administrative staff, student teaching assistants), or who serve as volunteers, agree to and abide by this Statement on Marriage, Gender, and Sexuality (Matthew 5:16; Philippians 2:14-16; 1 Thessalonians 5:22).

We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ (Acts 3:19-21; Romans 10:9-10; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11). Hence, as noted above, we believe every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect and dignity. Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with Scripture or the doctrinal commitments of Phoenix Seminary.

Approved by the Phoenix Seminary Board of Directors, February 13, 2015.

Official Notification of Rights Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. These rights include:

The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days of the day the Seminary receives a request for access. A student should submit to the Registrar a written request that identifies the record(s) the student wishes to inspect. The Registrar will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time when the records may be inspected. If the records are not maintained by the Registrar, the student will be advised of the correct official to whom the request should be addressed.

The right to request the amendment of student’s education records that the student believes are inaccurate, misleading or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights under FERPA. A student who wishes to ask the Seminary to amend a record should write the Seminary official responsible for the record, clearly identify the part of the record the student wants changed and specify why it should be changed. If the Seminary decides not to amend the record as requested, the Seminary will notify the student in writing of the decision and the student’s right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the student when notified of the right to a hearing.

The right to provide written consent before the Seminary discloses personally identifiable information from the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. The Seminary discloses education records without a student’s prior written consent under the FERPA exception for disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the Seminary in an administrative, supervisory, academic, research or support staff position (including mentors and coaches in the Seminary’s Mentoring Program); a person or company with whom the Seminary has contracted as its agent to provide a service instead of using Seminary employees or officials (such as an attorney, auditor or collection agent); a person serving on the Board of Directors; or a student serving on an official committee or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibilities for the Seminary. Upon request, the Seminary may also disclose education records without consent to officials of another school in which a student seeks or intends to enroll. Transcripts are provided to Ottawa University for students who are enrolled in the cooperative MAC program.

The right to file a complaint with the United States Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the Seminary to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA is:

Family Policy Compliance Office

U.S. Department of Education

400 Maryland Avenue, SW

Washington, DC 20202-5901

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