Bob Jones U. Student Denied Diploma, Alleges Retaliation for Activism
Former Bob Jones University student Chris Peterman expected to graduate on May 4. But on April 24, nine days before he was set to receive his diploma, the 23-year-old poli-sci major was suspended from school.
According to BJU, Peterman was suspended for a variety of infractions involving the school’s code of conduct. Most of the violations involved Peterman’s activity on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.
Peterman responded by uploading videos to CNN iReport alleging that he was the victim of a pattern of intimidation and coercion on the part of several BJU staff and administrators. He claims to have been forced out of school in retaliation for his activism against Chuck Phelps, a former BJU Board of Trustees member who was accused of covering up a sex-abuse scandal at the church where he served as pastor.
Carol Keirstead, BJU’s Chief Communications Officer, denied these allegations.