SPU LGBTQIA+ Timeline Before 2021

This timeline records events involving human sexuality and LGBTQ+ issues at SPU from the 1990s until January 2021.

Oct 1991

Controversy Erupts Over Human Sexuality Course

In 1990 and 1991, some SPU students object to the..Read More

Jan 1993

SPU Statement on Human Sexuality Composed, 1993

SPU President Curtis Martin commissions a “Statement on Human Sexuality”..Read More

Jun 2001
Nov 2005

Statement on Human Sexuality Revised

With the help of select faculty, the administration revises SPU’s..Read More

Mar 2007

Statement on Human Sexuality Available Online

As preparation for the Equality Ride visit in April 2007,..Read More

Apr 2007

Equality Ride Comes to SPU’s Campus

Equality Ride, an offshoot of the national interfaith social justice..Read More

May 2007

Students Organize “Haven” and Apply for Club Status, but Are Denied

Students organize a “Gay/Straight Alliance” group and apply to the..Read More

Apr 2008

Haven Club Status Denied a Second Time

Haven rewrites the proposed club constitution to affirm the “Lifestyle..Read More

Apr 2009

Administration Prohibits Haven from Celebrating Communion on Day of Silence

Throughout the 2008-09 academic year, Haven meets weekly on campus..Read More

May 2009

Students Include Haven in Communion Service in Martin Square

Student leaders from across campus organize a communion service in..Read More

Aug 2009

Haven Barred from Campus

The administration informs Haven they can no longer reserve space..Read More

Jan 2010

Haven Persists in Meeting on Campus

In December 2009, Haven informs the administration that they will..Read More

Apr 2010
Jan 2011

Administration Attempts to Dissolve Haven

The Vice President of Academic Affairs informs Haven that “Haven..Read More

Feb 2011

Faculty Support Haven

A letter of support for Haven, signed by more than..Read More

Feb 2011

Haven Recognized by University

The SPU Vice President for Academic Affairs tells Haven and..Read More

Sep 2011

Haven Prevented from Participating in Involve-O-Rama

Haven leaders are not allowed to participate in Involve-O-Rama (an..Read More

Nov 2012
Oct 2013

Haven Becomes Official ASSP Student Club

The Vice President of Student Life informs Haven leaders that..Read More

Nov 2018

ASSP Student Senate Requests Changes to “Statement on Human Sexuality”

The ASSP Student Senate approves a student proposal requesting the..Read More