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Seattle Pacific Students End Sit-In, Plan Lawsuit

July 5, 2022

Students at Seattle Pacific University have ended a monthlong sit-in at the university, but they are vowing to sue.

Leaders of the students posted their plans on Instagram. The sit-in and the planned suit are over the university’s policy of discriminating against LGBTQ people in hiring and promotion.

“The board has elected to refuse our demands, meaning we will be moving forward with litigation. This is not a decision that we take lightly, but it is a decision we believe will protect the future of our university,” said the students.

Religion News Service said the students have raised $35,000 for the suit.

The board of Seattle Pacific said its policy would allow the university to “remain in communion” with the Free Methodist Church.

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Scott Jaschik

Scott Jaschik, Editor, is one of the three founders of Inside Higher Ed. With Doug Lederman, he leads the editorial operations of Inside Higher Ed, overseeing news content, opinion pieces, career advice, blogs and other features. Scott is a leading voice on higher education issues, quoted regularly in publications nationwide, and publishing articles on colleges in publications such as The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, Salon, and elsewhere. He has been a judge or screener for the National Magazine Awards, the Online Journalism Awards, the Folio Editorial Excellence Awards, and the Education Writers Association Awards. Scott served as a mentor in the community college fellowship program of the Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media, of Teachers College, Columbia University. He is a member of the board of the Education Writers Association. From 1999-2003, Scott was editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education. Scott grew up in Rochester, N.Y., and graduated from Cornell University in 1985. He lives in Washington.

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