Reviewing potential discriminatory language in student reference questionnaires

Could the language in our student reference questionnaires be discriminatory?

Reported by Inside Higher Ed, letters of recommendation for Dallas Theological Seminary’s graduate programs include questions about the student’s physical condition, intelligence, teachability, sexuality, and a qualitative analysis of their relationship. These questions have raised serious concerns about the legality of asking such questions as part of an admissions decision.

The takeaway? While Dallas Theological Seminary claims to be looking to determine a student’s potential for a ministry vocation, if they receive federal funding, they still need to abide by non-discrimination policies.

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Eric Olsen

Eric brings more than a decade of award-winning creative brand development, marketing analytics and higher education experience to Helix Education. Eric is a graduate of Bradley University and earned his MBA at Lewis University.