Student sues school for being expelled because of her marital status


A postgraduate student who was expelled from a US seminary college in California with a few classes remained is now starting a legal case against it. Joanna Maxon, 53, from Fort Worth, Texas, was expelled from Fuller Theological Seminary in 2018 while she was studying for a master’s degree in theology. According to Inside Higher Ed, Maxon’s lawsuit alleges that the college’s financial aid office filed a complaint against her after they saw that she had jointly filed taxes with her same-sex spouse. Discrimination on the basis of sexuality is not federally banned in the USA, but California is one of the states that do not allow it. Maxon’s lawyer also argues in the lawsuit that her financial information was used improperly, and is protected by FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act). Responding to the lawsuit, , Fuller Theological Seminary said: “Unfortunately, we are unable to comment on specifics regarding anything related to a Fuller student or this particular case. As a historically multi-denominational seminary and a convening place for civil dialogue — with a commitment to academic freedom — we strive to serve the global Christian church in its various perspectives”


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