albion college is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and nondiscrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, marital status, or veteran status as protected by law, in all educational programs and activities, admission of students, and conditions of employment.
albion college is historically related with the united methodist church, the modern form of the denomination that founded the college in 1835. albion college focuses on christian unity and understanding diversity within christianity. there are many different christian groups on campus. in addition, people from other religious backgrounds are equally included in spiritual life at albion college. there is no preferential treatment; the college has a core commitment to supporting a spiritually diverse campus and promoting academic freedom.
the faculty of albion college recognizes the long history of social activism, service, support for education, and tradition of character formation in the united methodist church. the united methodist church, both past and present, is internally diverse. its members and leadership advocate a range of different ethical and political positions. albion's faculty interprets the college's united methodist affiliation in accord with this diversity.
therefore, the college's affiliation does not imply exclusive faculty endorsement of united methodist social teachings or theological doctrines as presented in the book of discipline of the united methodist church. albion does not integrate the social teachings of the book of discipline into its curriculum or treat them as expectations concerning the behavior of students, faculty, or staff.
one example of the faculty's neutrality regarding internal disagreements of the united methodist church concerns the theology and ethics of sexual orientation. albion is committed to maintaining a welcoming and inclusive environment for all students. in light of the diversity of opinion and ongoing discussions within united methodism about the theology and ethics of homosexual practice, marriage, and ordination (represented by groups such as reconciling ministries network), albion's faculty does not endorse the teachings of the book of discipline on these matters. instead, the faculty seeks to facilitate fruitful ongoing dialogue about them.
by vote of the faculty members of albion college, march 2015