Freedom of Religious Practice and Expression

Pacific Union College is a Seventh-day Adventist learning community committed to creating and fostering a safe and Christ-centered environment where all members of the College can thrive.  Our religious heritage, beliefs, tenets, and values of diversity, service, and equal dignity and respect for all persons are integrated fully into the curriculum, student activities, and institutional operations.  The freedom to incorporate our faith and values throughout all aspects of our learning community is recognized by the United States and California Constitutions, and we are grateful to be a part of the educational plurality of California. Other federal and state laws likewise support the opportunity for religious higher education institutions such as Pacific Union College to pursue their missions and integrate religious beliefs and tenets into campus life.  For example, exemptions in Title IX and the California Equity in Higher Education Act support the College’s standards of behavior that all students, faculty, and employees agree to follow as a condition of participation in our SDA learning community.  Additionally, the College received federal exemptions in the areas of benefits and services, marital and parental status in admissions, employment, housing, and discipline. 

The College’s standards of behavior may be found at the following online sites:

Pacific Union College seeks to comply with Title IX in harmony with its commitments to diversity, service, and religious tenets, and does not unlawfully discriminate in student admissions or employment on the basis of gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, race, color, national origin, ethnicity, religion, age, disability, or veteran status. 

20 United States Code Sec 1681(a)(3); 34 C.F.R. Sec. 106.12

California Education Code Sec. 66270, Sec. 66271

34 C.F.R. Sec. 106.21(c); 106.39; 106.40; 106.51(a), (b)(6)(7); 106.56, 106.57, 106.60(a)