A Sacramento student claims he was kicked out of a Christian College in Rocklin 2 months before earning his Bachelor’s degree, because he is gay.
“What makes me the most angry is before any investigations were done, allegations were made by administrators, at William Jessup University,” said Anthony Villarreal.
Villarreal was attending William Jessup University on a partial athletic scholarship for cross country running. He says his enrollment status was initially questioned after he got into a fight with his boyfriend inside their own home on July 9, 2013.
“I was booked under domestic abuse and resisting arrest, of which the charges have been dropped by the DA,” said Villarreal.
Villarreal, and his boyfriend, Chris Wright, told FOX40 the fight never became physical, despite the details of the police report. Villarreal says when police arrived, they made Wright take off his shirt so they could look for signs of physical abuse.
“They found one scratch on his elbow, and they said, that’s enough to arrest him,” said Villarreal.
“I just think my skin’s really white, so it gets red very easily,” said Wright.
Villarreal said because of his status as a student athlete, he was required to speak to school administrators regarding the details of his arrest.
“That’s when I felt I was forced to tell them he’s my boyfriend. They said okay, well you know you’re breaking the student handbook contract by living with your boyfriend?” said Villarreal.
William Jessup University’s student handbook reads: “Students who engage in unmarried heterosexual cohabitation or any homosexual/bisexual activity will be subject to judicial action.”
Villarreal said he was interested in attending the Christian college because he liked the campus. He claims he did not know the student handbook said anything about cohabitation or homosexuality.
“Had I been aware that any of this was enforced I would not have attended this university,” said Villarreal.
Villarreal said weeks later, he was handed a letter saying he was dismissed from the university. He says the letter claimed he violated campus policies, and a contract he signed, that stated he could not engage in violent behavior.
FOX40 reached out to William Jessup University for a comment. They responded with the following written statement, from Chief Development Officer, Eric Hogue.
“While the University police prohibits us from discussing private student matters, we do not discriminate against students based on their sexual orientation. However, student participation in William Jessup University is a voluntary association governed by a biblically-based code of enforcement, for every student enrolled at the University.”
“I just feel that within a private setting no matter if police or fire are called how does a university have a say in that?” said Wright.
Villarreal said he would like to be compensated for tuition for the 8 classes he could not attend to complete his Bachelor’s degree. He would also like the university’s student handbook changed.