Biola’s Position on Sexuality and Marriage
Biola University’s position on marriage affirms the goodness of sexual relationships as designed by God to be expressed within the covenant of marriage between a man and a woman. More information on the university’s theological position regarding human sexuality may be found in Statement of Biblical Principles: God’s Intentional Design for Life, one of Biola’s Theological Positions. We believe that sexual activity outside of marriage or behavior promoting sexual activity outside of marriage (including, but not limited to nudity, cohabitation, pornography) is contrary with God’s intentional design for sexuality. Living out God’s intent for sexual expression, while requiring sacrifice at times, is ultimately a source of freedom (John 10:10). Biola hopes to foster a community where living according to this intent helps each person thrive - personally, relationally, and spiritually.
Student Care and Conduct
When joining the Biola community, students agree to refrain from engaging in behaviors and romantic relationships that are inconsistent with Biola’s position on marriage. Students who choose to engage in such behaviors or relationships will be referred to the Department of Student Care, which handles student care and conduct violations. We seek to be supportive, developmental and redemptive in the lives of the individuals involved, and we will offer support, resources, and accountability to strengthen the student’s ability to flourish within the Biola community.
We recognize that it is healthy for students to process their sexuality as part of their growth and development, and we provide spaces for healthy conversations. We also recognize that Biola’s view of marriage raises unique questions and challenges for those who experience same-sex attraction or identify as LGBTQ. We commit to support and learn from one another in grace and truth, respecting each other’s dignity as God’s image-bearers while also honoring God’s intentional design for sexuality.
Due to the complexity of human experiences related to sexuality, same-sex behavior, same-sex attraction, and sexual orientation, we are committed to engaging this conversation with courage, humility, prayerfulness, and care. Helpful resources for students processing their faith and sexuality include the Dwelling, spiritual direction, pastoral care, and Biola Counseling Center.
Harassment and Bullying
We acknowledge that too often Christian communities have felt unkind or inhospitable for those who experience same-sex attraction or identify as LGBTQ. All members of the Biola community are expected to treat one another with respect and Christ-like compassion. Any form of harassment, bullying, insults, slurs and other forms of derogatory speech or behavior have no place in a Christian community. These inappropriate behaviors will be directly addressed by the university (see Biola’s Sexual Misconduct Policy). Through faculty and staff training, peer education, and by example, we seek to educate faculty, staff, and students about the harm caused by disrespectful or flippant speech surrounding this topic.