13 Facts About the Community Covenant
No student has ever been expelled for being a member of the LGBTQ+ community.
Expulsion for a breach of the Community Covenant is very, very rare. (There has not been an expulsion for at least 20 years.) A suspension of any length is also rare.
In every case dealing with sexual behaviour that was inconsistent with the covenant, the student was invited to remain at TWU.
The Community Covenant applies to the University itself and to everyone that chooses to be a member of the TWU community: students, faculty, administrators and staff. That means that all community members are committed to one another.
The Community Covenant expresses how the people of the TWU community wish to study, work and live together. It is based on how the TWU community understands and applies Christian teaching and the Christian life.
The Community Covenant provides the Biblical basis for its provisions, but it is not a statement of faith. Student members of the community can have varied beliefs, but they agree to respect the religious commitments in the covenant during their time as a student.
The Community Covenant is essential to sustaining a distinctive Christian community. It is crucial to the University’s statutory mandate to offer university education as an arm of the church with an underlying philosophy and viewpoint that is Christian.
The Community Covenant continues to apply in all circumstances, including in the accountability process. A failure by one member of the community does not release the university and the other individual members of the community from their continuing obligations to love, respect and care.
Most of the incidents that arise under the Community Covenant relate to underage drinking, alcohol on campus, or use of marijuana.
Sex outside of marriage between a man and a woman forms the basis of only a very small fraction of all incidents arising under the Community Covenant, and same-sex activity is a small part of that.
Most issues under the Community Covenant are dealt with informally, and without discipline. If there is discipline, it is determined on a case by case basis.
If the formal accountability process results in confirmation of a breach of the Community Covenant, the most common consequence after prayerfully and sensitively discussing the issue with the member, is some form of community service.
The Community Covenant is not so different from a code of ethics or code of conduct which most universities have. TWU is also not alone amongst faith-based universities in specifying the traditional definition of marriage as a religious value.