- Bob Jones University
name = Bob Jones University
image_size = 230px
motto = "Petimus Credimus" (
mottoeng = We seek, we trust
established = 1927
type = Private, Fundamentalist Christian
staff = 1,450
president = Stephen Jones
chancellor = Bob Jones III
students = 4,200
undergrad = 3,600
postgrad = 600
city = Greenville
state = SC
country = USA
colors = blue and white
website = [http://www.bju.edu www.bju.edu]
Bob Jones University (BJU) is a private,
Protestantfundamentalist, liberal arts universityin Greenville, South Carolina. It is the largest private liberal arts university in South Carolina and has a reputation for being one of the most conservative of religious schools in the United States. [cite book | author = Dalhouse, Mark Taylor | title = An Island in the Lake of Fire: Bob Jones University, Fundamentalism & the Separatist Movement | publisher = University of Georgia Press | year = 1996 | pages = 1-2]
The university was founded in 1927 by
Bob Jones, Sr.(1883-1968), an evangelist and contemporary of Billy Sunday. The current president of the University, Stephen Jones, is the great-grandson of the founder, and the fourth member of the Jones family to serve as president.
BJU is accredited by the
Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools, an accrediting organization recognized by the Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation,"Accreditation under TRACS will enable our graduates to realize the benefits of accreditation without compromise to the University's Bible-based philosophy and practices. We waited many years to seek accreditation," said President Stephen Jones, "and went forward only when we were confident we could attain it without losing our independence." [http://www.tracs.org/ TRACS website] ; [http://www.bju.edu/accreditation.html Press release announcing accreditation] ; [http://www.greenvilleonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061118/OPINION/611180306/1008 "Greenville News" editorial on BJU accreditation] .] and the university enrolls approximately 4,200 students representing every state and 50 foreign countries. It employs a staff of 1450, offers undergraduate degrees in over a hundred majors, and conducts precollege education from pre-kindergarten through high school. ["Greenville News", 20 September 2006, 9A. In 2006 there were approximately 1,600 pre-college students.] .
Mission statement and creed
Within the cultural and academic soil of liberal arts education, Bob Jones University exists to grow Christlike character that is Scripturally disciplined; others-serving; God-loving; Christ-proclaiming; and focused Above. [cite web|url=http://www.bju.edu/academics/edpurpose.html|title=BJU Statement of Christian Education|last=Horton|first=Ron|publisher=BJU.edu|accessdate=2008-05-06]
I believe in the inspiration of the
Bible(both the Old and the New Testaments); the creation of man by the direct act of God; the incarnation and virgin birth of our Lord and Saviour, JesusChrist; His identification as the Son of God; His vicarious atonement for the sins of mankind by the shedding of His blood on the cross; the resurrectionof His body from the tomb; His power to save men from sin; the new birth through the regeneration by the Holy Spirit; and the gift of eternal life by the grace of God. [cite web|url=http://www.bju.edu/about/creed/|title=University Creed|publisher=BJU|accessdate=2008-05-06]
Students and faculty recite the University Creed at chapel services four days a week and at the worship service on Sunday morning.
Established in 1927 near Panama City, on the Florida panhandle, Bob Jones College moved to
Cleveland, Tennesseein 1933, and to its present campus in Greenville, South Carolinain 1947, where it became Bob Jones University. [On the move to Greenville see, John Matzko, "'This Is It, Isn't It, Brother Stone?' The Move of Bob Jones University from Cleveland, Tennessee, to Greenville, 1946-47," "South Carolina Historical Magazine", 108 (July 2007), 235-256. The former Cleveland campus currently serves as the home of Lee University, an institution supported by the Church of God.] From its inception, BJU has been located in the South "but has never had a predominantly southern constituency." In 2006, the state with the largest number of students enrolled was South Carolina, but many of these were married students who had moved from other parts of the country to attend the University. Other states with large representations in the student body are Michigan, Pennsylvania, Illinois, and Ohio. [cite book | author = Dalhouse, Mark Taylor | title = An Island in the Lake of Fire: Bob Jones University, Fundamentalism & the Separatist Movement | publisher = University of Georgia Press | year = 1996 | pages = 148-151]
The University consists of seven colleges and schools that offer more than 125 undergraduate majors, including fourteen associate degree programs. Although BJU has an unranked and untenured faculty, most University employees consider their positions as much ministries as jobs. [cite book|last=Turner|first=Daniel|title=Standing Without Apology: The History of Bob Jones University|publisher=BJU Press|date=1997|pages=251-252cite book | author = Wright, Melton | title = Fortress of Faith: The Story of Bob Jones University | publisher = BJU Press | year = 1984 | pages = 194: "Bob Jones University has a scholarly, dedicated faculty who regard teaching as not just a profession but as a Christian calling."] It is common for retiring professors to have served the University for thirty, forty, and even occasionally, fifty years, a circumstance that has contributed to the stability and conservatism of an institution of higher learning that has virtually no endowment and at which faculty salaries are "sacrificial." ["Voice of the Alumni" [publication of the BJU Alumni Association] , 1996-2006. In 1993, the CFO Roy Barton said that teachers' salaries were kept as "low as possible in order to offer affordable higher education to Christians." Barton said he could name "dozens of people who work here for half or a third of what they could be earning on the outside, but they are here because of a desire to be part of the ministry of training young people." "Greenville News", April 18, 1993, "Upstate Business," 11. In the same "Greenville News" issue, Bob Jones III said, "Everyone here is like a missionary." (10)]
The School of Religion includes majors for both men and women, although only men (approximately 500 per year) train as ministerial students. [ [http://www.bju.edu/academics/sr/undergrad/divb/ BJU School of Religion Division of Bible] ; [http://www.bju.edu/academics/sr/undergrad/divps/ BJU School of Religion Division of Practical Studies] ] Many of these students go on to a
seminaryafter completing their undergraduate degree. Others take ministry positions straight from college, and rising juniors participate in a church internship program to prepare them for the pastoral ministry. In 1995 there were 1,290 BJU graduates serving as senior or associate pastors in fundamentalist churches across the United States. [cite book | author = Dalhouse, Mark Taylor | title = An Island in the Lake of Fire: Bob Jones University, Fundamentalism & the Separatist Movement | pages = 148-151]
The University encourages
church plantingin areas of the United States where few fundamentalist churches exist, and it has provided financial and logistical assistance to ministerial graduates in starting more than a hundred new churches. [ [http://www.bju.edu/resources/cplanting/ BJU website on church planting] ] Bob Jones III has also encouraged non-ministerial students to put their career plans on hold for two or three years to provide lay leadership in small fundamentalist churches. [cite book|last=Turner|first=Daniel|title=Standing Without Apology: The History of Bob Jones University|pages=270-271]
Students of various majors participate in Mission Prayer Band, an organization that prays for missionaries and attempts to stimulate campus interest in world evangelism. [http://www.bju.edu/campus/life/orgs.html BJU Student Life] ] During summers and Christmas breaks, dozens of students also participate in teams that use their musical, language, trade, and aviation skills to promote Christian missions around the world.
Although formally a separate organization, Gospel Fellowship Association Missions is the mission board of BJU and is one of the largest fundamentalist mission boards in the country. [ [http://www.gfamissions.org/ GFA Missions website] ] Through its "Timothy Fund," the University also sponsors international students who are training for the ministry. [ [http://www.bju.edu/giving/students.html BJU website] ; "Timothy program offers foreign students Bible training," [http://www.bju.edu/collegian/index.php?issue=70&article=679 "Collegian", April 12, 2007] .]
The Division of Fine Arts has the largest faculty of the University's six undergraduate schools. [Of the approximately 350 faculty members listed in the 2007-08 catalog, about a hundred, or roughly 30% taught in the Division of Fine Arts. "Bob Jones University Catalog, 2007-08", 341-47.] Each year the University presents an
operain the spring semester and Shakespearean plays in both the fall and spring semesters. [ [http://www.bju.edu/campus/fa/cod/ Concert, opera, & drama series, BJU website] .] A Sunday afternoon service called “Vespers,” presented occasionally throughout the school year, combines music, speech, and drama and attracts visitors from the Greenville community because of its blending of the devotional and cultural. [cite book|last=Turner|first=Daniel|title=Standing Without Apology: The History of Bob Jones University|pages=87-89, 191. Turner gives a detailed description of the development of Vespers from a recital potpourri to a themed program with a specific Christian message. Although the BJU website says that Vesper services are "typically held twice a month on Sundays during the school year," only six programs were listed on the 2007-08 event calendar. [http://www.bju.edu/campus/fa/vespers.html BJU website] The Division of Fine Arts includes an RTV department with a campus radio and television station, WBJU. [http://www.bju.edu/academics/sfa/undergrad/divfvb/deptrtv/wbju/ BJU RTV webpage] ]
Each fall, as a recruiting tool, the University sponsors a "High School Festival" in which students compete in music, art, and speech (including preaching) contests with their peers from around the country. [ [http://www.bju.edu/collegian/index.php?issue=80&article=800 High school students to compete in Fall Festival] Article from BJU website by Jeanne Petrizzo describing the festival] In the spring, a similar competition sponsored by the
American Association of Christian Schools, and hosted by BJU since 1977, brings thousands of national finalists to the University from around the country. In 2005, 120 of the finalists from previous years returned to BJU as freshmen. [ [http://www.bju.edu/collegian/index.php?issue=44&article=384 BJU "Collegian" article from BJU website] ]
. ["Bob Jones University Catalog, 2007-08", 90.]
The convert|90000|sqft|m2|sing=on Mack Library (named for
John Sephus Mack) holds a collection of more than 300,000 books and includes seating for 1,200 as well as a computer lab, a computer classroom, and a testing service. [cite book|last=Turner|first=Daniel|title=Standing Without Apology: The History of Bob Jones University|pages=434] (Its ancillary, a music library, is included in the Gustafson Fine Arts Center.) Mack Library's Special Collections includes an American HymnodyCollection of about 700 titles. [ [http://www.bju.edu/library/collections/american_hymn/index.html American Hymnody Collection] .] The "Jerusalem Chamber” is a replica of the room in Westminster Abbeyin which work on the King James Versionof the Bible was conducted, and it displays a collection of rare Bibles. [ [http://www.bju.edu/library/collections/jerusalem.html J.S. Mack Library - Jerusalem Chamber] ] An adjoining Memorabilia Room commemorates the life of Bob Jones, Sr.and the history of the University. [ [http://www.bju.edu/library/collections/archives.html J.S. Mack Library - Archives] .]
The library's Fundamentalism File collects periodical articles and ephemera about social and religious matters of interest to evangelicals and fundamentalists. [ The Fundamentalism File, created in 1978, has more than 100,000 non-book items, mostly articles listed under 5,000 subject headings; it also contains the papers of three notable twentieth-century fundamentalists: G. Archer Weniger (1915-1982), W. O. H. Garman (1899-1983), and Gilbert Stenholm (1915-1989). [http://www.bju.edu/library/collections/fund_file/index.html BJU Library website, Fundamentalism File, Introduction to the File] ]
The University Archives holds copies of all University publications,
oral historiesof faculty and staff members, surviving remnants of University correspondence, and pictures and artifacts related to the Jones family and the history of the University. [ [http://www.bju.edu/library/collections/archives.html BJU Archives Research] . For instance, the archives hold decades of working scripts for University stage performances.]
Bob Jones, Sr. was leery of academic accreditation almost from the founding of the college, and by the early 1930s, he had publicly stated his opposition to holding membership in a regional accrediting association. Not surprisingly, Jones and the college were criticized for this stance, and academic recognition, as well as student and faculty recruitment, were hindered.cite book|last=Turner|first=Daniel|title=Standing Without Apology: The History of Bob Jones University|pages=68]
In 1944, Jones wrote to
John Walvoordof Dallas Theological Seminarythat while the university had "no objection to educational work highly standardized….We, however, cannot conscientiously let some group of educational experts or some committee of experts who may have a behavioristic or atheistic slant on education control or even influence the administrative policies of our college." [Jones to Walwoord, May 8, 1944 in cite book|last=Turner|first=Daniel|title=Standing Without Apology: The History of Bob Jones University|pages=354-355] Five years later, Jones reflected that “it cost us something to stay out of an association, but we stayed out. We have lived up to our convictions.” [Jones to James O. Buswell, May 12, 1949, in cite book|last=Turner|first=Daniel|title=Standing Without Apology: The History of Bob Jones University|pages=68] In any case, lack of accreditation seems to have made little difference during the post-war period, when the University more than doubled in size.
Because graduates did not have the benefit of accredited degrees, the faculty felt an increased responsibility to prepare their students. [cite book|last=Turner|first=Daniel|title=Standing Without Apology: The History of Bob Jones University|pages=203] Early in the history of the college, there had been some hesitancy on the part of other institutions to accept BJC credits at face value, but by the 1960s, BJU alumni were being accepted by most of the major graduate and professional schools in the United States. ["BJU's reputation in academic circles gradually became more respected for the intellectual preparation and strong character of its graduates. By the 1960s several graduate schools actively courted University alumni, and BJU graduates were accepted into most of the major graduate programs in the country despite the school's opposition to regional accreditation." cite book|last=Turner|first=Daniel|title=Standing Without Apology: The History of Bob Jones University|pages=203, 353-355] Some graduate schools even ignored their own rules that restricted admissions to graduates of accredited institutions. [For instance, several hundred BJU graduates were admitted to law schools during the last half of the twentieth century, and in virtually every case the schools had to ignore their own admission requirements that entrants have graduated from accredited institutions of higher learning.] Undoubtedly helpful was that some of the University’s strongest programs were in the areas of music, speech, and art, disciplines in which ability could be measured by audition or portfolio rather than through paper qualifications. [Michael Collins, "Accreditation at Bob Jones University" (2007), 14, unpublished paper, Bob Jones University Archives, Mack Library.]
By the early 2000s, however, the University quietly reexamined its position on accreditation as
degree millsproliferated and various government bureaucracies, such as law enforcement agencies, began excluding BJU graduates on the grounds that the University did not appear on appropriate federal lists. [Michael Collins, "Accreditation at Bob Jones University" (2007), unpublished paper, Bob Jones University Archives, Mack Library.] In 2004, the University began the process of joining the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools. Candidate status—effectively, accreditation—was obtained in April 2005, and full membership in the Association was conferred in November 2006. Because TRACS grants accreditation only to evangelical Christian institutions of higher learning, the administration believed that the University could obtain the benefits of accreditation without losing its academic independence. [ [http://www.bju.edu/accreditation.html BJU press release announcing accreditation by TRACS] ]
BJU is also a founding member of the
American Association of Christian Colleges and Seminaries, a small group of institutions "clearly identified with the historic Christian fundamentalist tradition." [ [http://www.aaccs.info/members.asp American Association of Christian Colleges and Seminaries] ]
competitions, and at South Carolina Student Legislature. [BJU Catalog (2007-08), 321, 324-25; [http://greenvilleonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080424/NEWS01/80424091/-1/YOURUPSTATE "BJU debate team wins national award,"] "Greenville News", April 25, 2008.]
The university requires all unmarried incoming freshman students under the age of 23 to join one of 48 "literary societies." ["BJU Day Student Handbook, 2007-08", 54.] Societies meet weekly on Fridays for entertainment and fellowship, and they also hold a weeknight prayer meeting. Societies field sports, debate, and Scholastic Bowl teams. The latter compete in an annual single-elimination tournament that concludes with a clash between the top two teams before a University-wide audience on the Thursday before Commencement. Questions include a wide range of biblical and academic topics—but none from popular culture. [ [http://www.bju.edu/campus/life/society.html BJU Literary Societies] Page from BJU website explaining the societies] The University also has a student-staffed newspaper ("The Collegian"), [ [http://www.bju.edu/collegian/ The Collegian Online] ] yearbook ("Vintage") [BJU Catalog, 2007-08, 326.] and radio and television station (
WBJU). [ [http://www.bju.edu/academics/sfa/undergrad/divfvb/deptrtv/wbju/ WBJU TV & Radio] ]
Early in December, thousands of students, faculty, and visitors gather around the front campus fountain for an annual Christmas carol sing and lighting ceremony, culminating in the illumination of tens of thousands of Christmas lights. [Jeanne Petrizzo, [http://www.bju.edu/collegian/index.php?issue=84&article=833 "Nearly 100,000 lights to illuminate campus"] "Collegian" article ] On December 3, 2004, the ceremony broke the Guinness World Record for
Christmas caroling with 7,514 carolers. [ [http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/content_pages/record.asp?recordid=58128 Guinness World Records] . In November 2007, BJU also broke a previous record (set a year earlier in Rochester, New York) for the largest kazooensemble. During the annual Turkey Bowl game, 3, 800 students, staff and visitors played kazoos as part of the halftime entertainment. [http://www.greenvilleonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2008307250010 "BJU enters Guinness Book for second time"] , "Greenville News", July 25, 2008.]
In place of a
spring break, students and faculty are required to attend a six-day Bible Conference in late March. [BJU Catalog, 2007-08, 320-21.] The Conference attracts fundamentalist preachers and laymen from around the country, and BJU class reunions are held at the end of the week. [BJU Catalog, 2007-08, 326, 329.]
BJ Museum and Gallery
, a style then out of favor and relatively inexpensive in the years immediately following the war. Fifty years after the opening of the gallery, the BJU collection included more than 400 European paintings from the 14th to through the 19th centuries (mostly pre-19th century), period furniture, and a notable collection of Russian icons. [http://www.bjumg.org/collections.htm Museum & Gallery Collections] ] The museum also includes a variety of Holy Land antiquities collected in the early twentieth century by missionaries Frank and Barbara Bowen.Not surprisingly, the gallery is especially strong in
Baroquepaintings and includes notable works by Rubens, Tintoretto, Veronese, Cranach, Gerard David, Murillo, Mattia Preti, Ribera, van Dyck, and Doré. Included in the Museum and Gallery collection are seven very large canvases, part of a series by Benjamin Westpainted for George III, called "The Progress of Revealed Religion," which are displayed in the War Memorial Chapel. [ [http://www.bjumg.org/collections/west_collection.htm BJU Museum & Gallery website history of the West paintings] .] (Baroque art was created during--and often for--the Counter-Reformation, and so ironically, BJU has been criticized by some other fundamentalists for promoting “false Catholic doctrine” through its art gallery.) [ [http://www.rapidnet.com/~jbeard/bdm/Psychology/bju/fundam.htm] Example of fundamentalist criticism of BJU for promoting Catholicism.]
In 2008, the BJU Museum & Gallery opened a satellite location, the "Museum & Gallery at Heritage Green," near downtown Greenville, which features rotating exhibitions from the main museum as well as interactive children's activities. The Heritage Green building, an extensively remodeled
Coca-Colabottling plant, joined the neighboring Upcountry History Museumand the Greenville Children's Museum, all of which feature "the latest in museum technology.". ["Extraordinary art made more accessible,"Greenville News", [http://www.greenvilleonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2008803170303 March 17, 2008] ; "Sacred art museum opens today," "Greenville News", [http://greenvilleonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080419/OPINION/804190306/1004/NEWS01 April 19, 2008] .]
Each Easter season, the University and the Museum and Gallery present the "Living Gallery", a series of
tableaux vivantsrecreating noted works of religious art using live models disguised as part of two-dimensional paintings. [ [http://www.greenvilleonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060409/ENT01/604090313 "Greenville News", April 9, 2006] ; "A dramatic transformation: BJU's 'Living Gallery' breathes life into religious masterworks," [http://greenvilleonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080323/ENT01/80321068/1056/ENT "Greenville News", March 25, 2008] .]
Bob Jones, Sr.and Bob Jones, Jr.believed that filmcould be an excellent medium for mass evangelism, and in 1950, the University established Unusual Films within the School of Fine Arts. [cite book|last=Turner|first=Daniel|title=Standing Without Apology: The History of Bob Jones University|pages=196-197] (The odd name derives from a former BJU promotional slogan, "The World's Most Unusual University.") [cite book|last=Turner|first=Daniel|title=Standing Without Apology: The History of Bob Jones University|pages=143] Bob Jones, Jr.selected a speech teacher, Katherine Stenholm, as the first director. Although she had no experience in cinema, she took summer courses at the University of Southern Californiaand received personal instruction from Hollywood specialists, such as Rudolph Sternad. [cite book|last=Turner|first=Daniel|title=Standing Without Apology: The History of Bob Jones University|pages=196-199; [http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0827889/ biographical information on Sternad] ]
Unusual Films has produced six feature-length films: "Wine of Morning", "Red Runs the River", "Flame in the Wind", "Sheffey", "Beyond the Night", and "The Printing". [ [http://www.bjupress.com/nav/category/Unusual%20Films%20Productions?parent_category_rn=281459 List of movies produced by Unusual Films] ] "Wine of Morning" (1955) represented the United States at the
Cannes Film Festival. ["Wine of Morning" was selected by the University Film Producers Association to represent the United States at the International Congress of Motion Picture and Television Schools in Cannes, France, and following a showing at the Congress, garnered praise from the international film community. "Wine of Morning" was also awarded four 'Christian Oscars' from the National Evangelical Film Foundation for Best Film, Best Actor, Best Director, and Best Producer." cite book|last=Turner|first=Daniel|title=Standing Without Apology: The History of Bob Jones University|pages=198. There may have been some Cold Warposturing involved in the nomination of this film. The president of the UFPA wrote to Stenholm that the "excellence of your production, "Wine of Morning"...will provide the high quality which it is desirable to use in these international showings. We feel that the contrast between your film with its religious background and [the Russian entry] would be most revealing and that the contrast would reflect credit on our way of life." ("Bob Jones Religious Film To Represent US Colleges," "The (Columbia, SC) State", May 2, 1958, 12C).] The first four films are historical dramas set, respectively, in the time of Christ, the U.S. Civil War, sixteenth-century Spain, and the late nineteenth century South. "Beyond the Night" closely follows a twentieth century missionary saga in Central Africa, and "The Printing" uses composite characters to portray the persecution of believers in the former Soviet Union. All the films have an evangelistic emphasis, and curiously, Bob Jones, Jr.plays villains in four of them. More recently, Unusual Films has emphasized children's films and video production. [List of recent films on the [http://protect.bju.edu/cstore/index.php?p=product&id=382&parent=183 BJU website] . Unusual Films also maintains a student film production program. Freshmen shoot and edit a project shot on 16mmreversal black-and-white film. Sophomores are also required to write and direct such a project. Before graduation, seniors produce a sizable project on 16 mm color negative film. Nevertheless, basic photography and video production are an integral part of the BJU cinema major. BJU Catalog, 2007-08, 156, 279.]
BJU Pressoriginated in the need for textbooks for the burgeoning Christian schoolmovement, [cite book|last=Turner|first=Daniel|title=Standing Without Apology: The History of Bob Jones University|pages=236, 264] and today it is the largest book publisher in South Carolina. [cite book|last=Turner|first=Daniel|title=Standing Without Apology: The History of Bob Jones University|pages=264-267 Although it published its first trade book, a history of fundamentalism, in 1973, its first text was George Mulfinger and Emmet Williams, "Physical Science for Christian Schools" published in 1974.] The Press publishes a full range of K-12 texts. More than a million pre-college students around the world use BJU textbooks, and the Press has approximately 2,500 titles in print. ["Greenville News", 20 September 2006, 9A; "Literary Market Place", 2006, 38.] The Press music division, SoundForth, produces Christian musical arrangements and recordings in more traditional styles than do most contemporary music sources. ["BJU Catalog", 2007-08, 330.]
The university operates an elementary school, a junior high, and a high school, Bob Jones Academy. ["BJU Catalog", 2007-08, 317.]
BJU Pressalso offers elementary and high school classes via satellite over the BJ HomeSat Network (ending May 31, 2009), or on DVD or hard drive. Other classes are available live through BJ LINC (Live Interactive Network Classroom, ending May 31, 2009), an interactive satellite system that allows a teacher in Greenville to communicate with Christian schoolstudents across the country. In 2006, about 45,000 students participated in BJU's distance-learning programs [cite book|last=Turner|first=Daniel|title=Standing Without Apology: The History of Bob Jones University|pages=264-266; "Greenville News", 20 September 2006, 9A; "BJU Catalog", 2007-08, 329. Another ancillary, the Academy of Home Education, is a "service organization for homeschooling families," that maintains student records, administers achievement testing, and issues high school diplomas.]
One of the earliest controversies to center about BJU was the break that occurred in the late 1950s between separatist fundamentalists and
neo-evangelicals represented by the newly prominent evangelist Billy Graham. Graham had briefly attended Bob Jones College, and the University conferred an honorary degree on him in 1948. [cite book|last=Turner|first=Daniel|title=Standing Without Apology: The History of Bob Jones University|pages=167] During the 1950s, however, Graham began distancing himself from the older fundamentalism, and in preparation for his 1957 New York Crusade, he sought broad ecumenical sponsorship. [cite book|last=Turner|first=Daniel|title=Standing Without Apology: The History of Bob Jones University|pages=171-181 "The Protestant Council leadership was made up largely of clergy who denied the virgin birth of Christ, His deity, His bodily resurrection from the dead...and virtually every other historic Christian doctrine for which Bob Jones, Sr., his University, and other Fundamentalist leaders had fought....To further increase the breadth of his appeal, Graham began to accept invitations to speak at liberal seminaries in the Northeast—Union, Colgate, and other centers of American Modernism." (174) William Martin, "A Prophet with Honor: The Billy Graham Story" (New York: William Morrow, 1991), 98.]
Bob Jones, Sr. argued that if members of Graham’s campaign executive committee had rejected major tenets of orthodox Christianity, such as the
virgin birthand the deity of Christ, then Graham had violated 2 John 9-11, which prohibits receiving in fellowship those who do “not abide in the teaching of Christ.” [cite book|last=Turner|first=Daniel|title=Standing Without Apology: The History of Bob Jones University|pages=180] In the 1960s, Graham further irritated fundamentalists by gaining the endorsement of Richard Cardinal Cushingfor his Boston campaign and accepting honorary degrees from two Roman Catholic colleges. [cite book|last=Turner|first=Daniel|title=Standing Without Apology: The History of Bob Jones University|pages=185-186]
Graham tried to remain above the fray, ["When Billy Graham arrived in Greenville for the March 1966 crusade, he issued a statement to the Greenville newspapers saying he really did not know what accounted for the split between him and Bob Jones University." cite book|last=Turner|first=Daniel|title=Standing Without Apology: The History of Bob Jones University|pages=184] but members of his staff openly accused Jones of jealousy on the grounds that Jones’s evangelistic meetings had never been as large as Graham’s. [Graham associate T. W. Wilson, who had attended BJC, wrote Bob Jones, Sr., "What is the matter? Many times I have heard you say, 'I have preached to more people than any man in America.' Now that you can say this no longer, could it be that you have actually let the green-eyed old Monster of Jealousy creep into your heart?" Wilson to Jones, May 21, 1957, quoted in cite book|last=Turner|first=Daniel|title=Standing Without Apology: The History of Bob Jones University|pages=179] Graham’s father-in-law,
L. Nelson Bell, mailed a fiery ten-page letter to most members of the BJU faculty and student body (as well as to thousands of pastors across the country) accusing Jones of “hatred, distortions, jealousies, envying, malice, false witnessing, and untruthfulness.” [cite book|last=Turner|first=Daniel|title=Standing Without Apology: The History of Bob Jones University|pages=182-183]
In what seemed to the Joneses to be a deliberate affront, Graham held his only American campaign of 1966 in Greenville, South Carolina. [cite book|last=Turner|first=Daniel|title=Standing Without Apology: The History of Bob Jones University|pages=183 Graham had only three campaigns scheduled that year: London, Berlin, and Greenville, South Carolina.] Under penalty of expulsion, the University forbade any BJU dormitory student from attending the Graham meetings. ["No Bob Jones University dormitory student will be permitted to go to a single meeting of the Greenville crusade. No Bob Jones University adult student, if he is married or lives in town, may attend the crusade and remain as a student."
Bob Jones, Jr., Chapel talk, February 8, 1965, Mack Library Archives, quoted in cite book|last=Turner|first=Daniel|title=Standing Without Apology: The History of Bob Jones University|pages=184. An exception was made for Bob Jones Academy students who lived in town with their parents.] In a four-page position paper delivered to students in 1965, Bob Jones, Jr., condemned Billy Graham's "ecumenical evangelism" as unscriptural and "heretical," noting that Graham shared his platform with Catholic priests and that one could not "be a good Catholic and a good, spiritual Christian." When Graham arrived in Greenville, Jones, Jr. emphasized that the basis of the University's position was scriptural and not personal. "The Bible commands that false teacher and men who deny the fundamentals of the faith should be accursed; that is, they shall be criticized and condemned. Billy approves them, Billy condones them, Billy recommends them....I think that Dr. Graham is doing more harm in the cause of Jesus Christ than any living man; that he is leading foolish and untaught Christians, simple people that do not know the Word of God, into disobedience to the Word of God." [Jones, "The Position of Bob Jones University in Regard to the Proposed Billy Graham Crusade in Greenville, A Chapel Talk by Dr. Bob Jones, Jr., on February 8, 1965"; "Greenville News", March 4, 1966, quoted in cite book|last=Turner|first=Daniel|title=Standing Without Apology: The History of Bob Jones University|pages=184-185]
The negative publicity caused by the rift with Graham, itself a reflection of a larger division between separatist fundamentalists and neo-evangelicals, precipitated a decline in BJU enrollment of about 10% in the years 1956-59. Seven members of the University board (of about a hundred) also resigned in support of Graham, including Graham himself and two of his staff members. By 1966, when Graham appeared in Greenville, BJU enrollment had strongly rebounded and continued to grow thereafter until the mid-1980s. [cite book|last=Turner|first=Daniel|title=Standing Without Apology: The History of Bob Jones University|pages=179-188, 253]
King James Bible
The University uses the
King James Version(KJV) of the Bible in its services and classrooms, but it does not hold that the KJV is the only acceptable English translation or that it has the same authority as the original Hebrew and Greek manuscripts. [cite book|last=Turner|first=Daniel|title=Standing Without Apology: The History of Bob Jones University|pages=244-245 [http://www.bju.edu/about/translation.html "BJU Position on Bible Translations," BJU website] .] The King-James-Only Movement—or more correctly, movements, since it has many variations—became a divisive force in fundamentalism only as conservative modern Bible translations, such as the New American Standard Bible (NASB) and the New International Version(NIV) began to appear in the 1970s.
BJU has taken the position that orthodox Christians of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries (including fundamentalists) agreed that while the KJV was a substantially accurate translation, only the original manuscripts of the Bible written in Hebrew and Greek were infallible and inerrant. [cite book|last=Turner|first=Daniel|title=Standing Without Apology: The History of Bob Jones University|pages=244-245] Bob Jones, Jr. called the KJV-only position a "heresy" and "in a very definite sense, a blasphemy." [cite book | author = Jones Jr., Bob | title = Cornbread and Caviar | pages= 179]
The University's stand has been condemned by some other fundamentalists, especially a number of small Bible schools and colleges who have made Bible translation a means of distinguishing themselves from what they also consider an error or heresy in mainstream fundamentalism. Notoriously, in 1998,
Pensacola Christian Collegeattacked BJU in a widely distributed videotape, arguing that this "leaven of fundamentalism" was passed from the nineteenth-century Princeton theologian Benjamin B. Warfield(1851-1921) to Charles Brokenshire (1885-1954), who served BJU as Dean of the School of Religion, and then to current BJU faculty members and graduates. [ [http://www.troyandjessica.com/node/20] Documents on the BJU-Pensacola controversy archived on a private website.] Ironically, Peter Ruckman, a BJU graduate, has argued the most extreme version of the KJV-only position, that all translations of the Bible since the KJV have been of satanic origin. [cite book|last=Turner|first=Daniel|title=Standing Without Apology: The History of Bob Jones University|pages=244]
Criticism of Catholicism and Mormonism
The three Bob Jones's, especially Bob Jones, Jr., sharply criticized the
Roman Catholic Church. For instance, Jones, Jr. once said that Catholicism was "not another Christian denomination. It is a satanic counterfeit, an ecclesiastic tyranny over the souls of men....It is the old harlot of the book of the Revelation—'the Mother of Harlots.'" All popes, Jones asserted, "are demon possessed." [ Philip Jenkins, (Oxford University Press, 2004), 24. " Pope Paul VI, archpriest of Satan, a deceiver and an anti-Christ, has, like Judas, gone to his own place.... [A] "pope must be an opportunist, a tyrant, a hypocrite, and a deceiver or he cannot be a pope....A pope claims to be Christ's vice-regent on earth; that is, he blasphemously and arrogantly claims to have the divine prerogatives to forgive sins, to assign his enemies to hell...and to speak on matters of faith and morals with the same infallibility as the Holy Bible."(1978)"Faith for the Family" (October 1978, 2, 4)] In 2000, then-president Bob Jones III referred, on the University's web page, to Mormons and Catholics as "cults which call themselves Christian." [ [http://www.beliefnet.com/story/15/story_1544_1.html Beliefnet.com] ] Furthermore, in 1966, BJU awarded an honorary doctorate to the Rev. Ian Paisley, future British MP, leader of the Democratic Unionist Party, and Moderator of the Free Presbyterian Churchof Ulster, who has referred to the Pope as a "Roman anti-Christ." [ [http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/ian-paisley-can-the-big-man-say-yes-441754.html "The Independent", March 25, 2007] . After the death of Pope John XXIII in 1963, Paisley held a rally objecting to the lowering of the Union flag at Belfast City Hall in conjunction with "the lying eulogies now being paid to the Roman Antichrist".] Bob Jones III has argued that the University is not so much anti-Catholic or anti-Mormonas it is opposed to the idea that all men, regardless of religious beliefs, will eventually get to heaven: "Our shame would be in telling people a lie, and thereby letting them go to hell without Christ because we loved their goodwill more than we loved them and their souls…. All religion, including Catholicism, which teaches that salvation is by religious works or church dogma is false. Religion that makes the words of its leader, be he Pope or other, equal with the Word of God is false. Sola Scriptura. From the time of the Protestant Reformationonward, it has been understood that there is no commonality between the Bible way, which is justification by faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ, and salvation by works, which the faithful, practicing Catholic embraces." [ [http://www.google.com/u/BJU?q=cache:2jKGRpvY-xoJ:www.bju.edu/aboutbju/special_articles/response/index+catholic&hl=en&gl=us&ct=clnk&cd=9&ie=UTF-8 BJU website cache] ; [http://greenvilleonline.com/news/2002/02/18/2002021819515.htm Greenville News, February 18, 2002] ]
Although BJU admitted Asians and other minorities from its inception, it refused to enroll black students until 1971, eight years after the
University of South Carolinaand Clemson Universityhad been integrated by court order. From 1971 to 1975, BJU admitted only married blacks, although the Internal Revenue Service(IRS) had already determined in 1970 that "private schools with racially discriminatory admissions policies" were not entitled to federal tax exemption. Late in 1971, BJU filed suit to prevent the IRS from taking its tax exemption, but in 1974, in " Bob Jones University v. Simon", the U.S. Supreme Courtruled that the University did not have standing to sue until the IRS actually assessed taxes. Four months later, on May 29, 1975, the University Board of Trustees authorized a change in policy to admit "students of any race," a move that occurred shortly before the announcement of the Supreme Court decision in " Runyon v. McCrary" (427 U.S. 160  ), which prohibited racial exclusion in private schools. [cite book|last=Turner|first=Daniel|title=Standing Without Apology: The History of Bob Jones University|pages=226-227]
In May 1975, as it prepared to allow unmarried blacks to enroll, BJU adopted more detailed rules prohibiting interracial dating and marriage—threatening expulsion for any student who dated or married interracially, who advocated interracial marriage, who was "affiliated with any group or organization which holds as one of its goals or advocates interracial marriage," or "who espouse, promote, or encourage others to violate the University's dating rules and regulations." [ [http://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/cgi-bin/getcase.pl?court=US&vol=461&invol=574 "Bob Jones University v. United States"] (461 U.S. 574, 581)] In a 2000 interview, the then-president, Bob Jones III, said that
interracial datinghad been prohibited since the 1950s and that the policy had originated in a complaint by parents of a male Asian student who believed that their son had "nearly married" a white girl. [ [http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2000/110/53.0.html Christianity Today article] ; [http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0003/03/lkl.00.html "Larry King Live" transcript] ]
January 19, 1976, the Internal Revenue Service notified the University that its tax exemption had been revoked retroactively to December 1, 1970. The school appealed the IRS decision all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, arguing that the University met all other criteria for tax-exempt status and that the school's racial discrimination was based on sincerely held religious beliefs, that "God intended segregation of the races and that the Scriptures forbid interracial marriage." [ [http://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/cgi-bin/getcase.pl?court=US&vol=461&invol=574"Bob Jones University v. United States"] (461 U.S. 574 @725)] The University was not challenged about the origin of its interracial dating policy, and the District Court accepted "on the basis of a full evidentiary record" BJU's argument that the rule was a sincerely held religious conviction, a finding affirmed by all subsequent courts. [ [http://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/cgi-bin/getcase.pl?court=US&vol=461&invol=574"Bob Jones University v. United States"] (461 U.S. 574, footnote 28)] In December 1978, the federal district court ruled in the University's favor; two years later, that decision was overturned by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.
January 8, 1982, just before the case was to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court, President Ronald Reaganauthorized his Treasury and Justice Departments to ask that the BJU case be dropped and that the previous court decisions be vacated. Political pressure quickly brought the Reagan administration to reverse itself and to ask the Court to reinstate the case. Then, in a virtually unprecedented move, the Court invited William T. Coleman, Jr.to argue the government's position in an amicus curiaebrief, thus ensuring that the prosecution's position would be the one the Court wished to hear. [cite book|last=Turner|first=Daniel|title=Standing Without Apology: The History of Bob Jones University|pages=230 "On April 19, the Court announced that it would not allow the NAACP to join the case, and in a step considered unprecedented by legal scholars and 'extraordinary' even to the NAACP's leadership, the Supreme Court Appointed a prosecutor of its own—black attorney and civil rights activist William T. Coleman. Bob Jones III commented that 'this puts the court in the position of creating an issue to be litigated and insisting that an issue be heard when one of the two litigants declares "no contest."'"] The case was heard on October 12, 1982, and on May 24, 1983, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against Bob Jones University in " Bob Jones University v. United States" (461 U.S. 574). The University refused to reverse its interracial dating policy and (with difficulty) paid a million dollars in back taxes. Also, in the year following the Court decision, contributions to the University declined by 13 percent.
In 2000, following a media uproar prompted by the visit of presidential candidate
George W. Bushto the University, Bob Jones III abruptly dropped the interracial dating rule, announcing the change on CNN's " Larry King Live." [For negative commentary on this announcement by Bob Jones III, see Anonymous BJU Graduate, "Dancing with Compromise" (April 2000), [http://multiracial.com/site/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=285&Itemid=27 The Multiracial Activist] . In 2008 some BJU alumni also expressed concern that the University had never repudiated its racist past, and they petitioned the school to make a formal apology. [http://www.please-reconcile.org Petition for Racial Reconciliation] .] Five years later when asked for his view of the rule change, the current president, Stephen Jones, replied, "I've never been more proud of my dad than the night he...lifted that policy." [ [Susannah Meadows, "Passing the Torch at Bob Jones U." "Newsweek" Web Exclusive [MSNBC link expired] , January 29, 2005, hard copy at [http://22.214.171.124:81/search?/YPassing+&SORT=D/YPassing+&SORT=D&SUBKEY=Passing%20/1%2C282%2C282%2CB/frameset&FF=YPassing+&SORT=D&12%2C12%2C Fundamentalist File, Mack Library, BJU.] ]
By 2005, the University had established two
501(c)(3)charitable organizations to provide scholarship assistance solely for minority students. [For a more jaundiced view of BJU's adaptation to a growing black presence on campus see Florence Williams, "Being Black at Bob Jones U.," August 14, 2003, [http://www.killingthebuddha.com/damn_nation/being_bobjones.htm KillingtheBuddha.com] ] Although BJU never reapplied for federal tax-exempt status, and it continues to pay federal taxes, a number of its ancillaries, including Bob Jones Elementary School, Bob Jones Academy, and the BJU Museum & Gallery are tax-exempt entities. [ [http://www.bju.edu/giving/pg/faq.html BJU webpage on "Planned Giving."] ]
As a twelve-year-old, Bob Jones, Sr. made a twenty-minute speech in defense of the Populist Party. Jones was a friend and admirer of
William Jennings Bryanbut also campaigned throughout the South for Herbert Hoover(and against Al Smith) during the 1928 presidential election. Even the authorized history of BJU notes that both Bob Jones, Sr. and Bob Jones, Jr. “played political hardball” when dealing with the three municipalities in which the school was successively located. For instance, in 1962, Bob Jones, Sr. warned the Greenville City Council that he had “four hundred votes in his pocket and in any election he would have control over who would be elected.” [cite book|last=Turner|first=Daniel|title=Standing Without Apology: The History of Bob Jones University|pages=3, 10, 78, 246, 428 ]
From the inception of Bob Jones College, a majority of students and faculty were northerners, and therefore many were already Republicans living in the "
Solid South." [cite book|last=Turner|first=Daniel|title=Standing Without Apology: The History of Bob Jones University|pages=246; Interviews of Mary Gaston Stollenwerck Jones by Margaret Beall Tice, (September-October 1973), University Archives, Mack Library, BJU. Bob Jones, Sr. had held many evangelistic campaigns in the North prior to founding the college, and he correctly guessed that a new college in Florida would have more attraction to northerners than a new college in his home state of Alabama.] After South Carolina Senator Strom Thurmondswitched his allegiance to the Republican Party in 1964, BJU faculty members became increasingly influential in the new state Republican party, and BJU alumni were elected to local political and party offices. In 1976, candidates supported by BJU faculty and alumni captured the local Republican party. Although this takeover was a short-term disaster, by 1980 the religious right and the "country club" Republicans had joined forces. [Alan Ehrenhalt, "The United States of Ambition: Politicians, Power and the Pursuit of Office" (New York: Random House, 1991), 98-99. "With its factions bitterly opposed to each other, the Republican party lost virtually all its state legislative seats in Greenville County, even as Gerard Ford was carrying the county against Jimmy Carter by more than 3,000 votes." (98)] From then on, most Republican candidates for local and statewide offices sought the endorsement of Bob Jones III and greeted faculty/staff voters at the University Dining Common. ["As late as 1978 the state representative for most of the Bob Jones precincts was Sylvia Dreyfus, a liberal Jewish Democrat. That does not happen anymore. These days, when elections are held in the districts that surround the university, anybody who does not have a Bob Jones connection does not have a realistic chance." Ehrenhalt, 99.]
National Republicans soon followed.
Ronald Reaganspoke at the school in 1980, although the Joneses supported his opponent, John Connally, in the South Carolina primary. ["GOP debaters politick in state," "Greenville News", February 29, 1980. Reagan said he was "surprised" by Jones's endorsement of Connally.] (Later, Bob Jones III denounced Reagan as "a traitor to God's people" for choosing George H.W. Bush—whom Jones called a "devil"—as his vice-president. Even later, Jones III shook Bush's hand and thanked him for being a good president.) [ [http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/05/04/AR2005050402413.html "Washington Post", May 4, 2005] ] In the 1990s, other Republicans such as Dan Quayle, Pat Buchanan, Phil Gramm, Bob Dole, and Alan Keyesalso spoke at BJU. [cite book|last=Turner|first=Daniel|title=Standing Without Apology: The History of Bob Jones University|pages=248] Democrats were rarely invited to speak at the University, in part because they took political and social positions (especially support for abortion) opposed by the Religious Right. [cite book|last=Turner|first=Daniel|title=Standing Without Apology: The History of Bob Jones University|pages=246-248. As Bob Jones Jr. wrote in his memoirs, "While the lecture platform of Bob Jones University will never be open to dishonest Liberals like Ted Kennedy, conservative politicians and honorable statesmen have been speaking from that platform for many years." cite book | author = Jones Jr., Bob | title = Cornbread and Caviar | publisher = BJU Press | year = 1985 | pages= 197]
February 2, 2000, George W. Bush, as candidate for President, spoke during school's chapel hour. [http://www.nytimes.com/learning/students/pop/articles/022800wh-gop-bush.html "New York Times" website] ] Bush gave a standard stump speech making no specific reference to the University. His political opponents quickly noted his non-mention of the University's ban on interracial dating. During the Michigan primary, Bush was also criticized for not stating his opposition to the University's anti-Catholicism. (The John McCaincampaign targeted Catholics with a "Catholic Voter Alert," phone calls reminding voters of Bush's visit to BJU.) [ [http://www.cnn.com/ELECTION/2000/conventions/republican/features/turning.points/ CNN website] ] Bush denied that he either knew of or approved what he regarded as BJU's intolerant policies. On February 26, Bush issued a formal letter of apology to Cardinal John O'Connor of New Yorkfor failing to denounce Bob Jones University's history of anti-Catholic statements. At a news conference following the letter's release, Bush said, "I make no excuses. I had an opportunity and I missed it. I regret that....I wish I had gotten up then and seized the moment to set a tone, a tone that I had set in Texas, a positive and inclusive tone." Also during the 2000 Republican primary campaign in South Carolina, Richard Hand, a BJU professor, spread a false e-mail rumor that John McCainhad fathered an illegitimatechild. (The McCains have an adopted daughter from Bangladesh, and later push polling also implied that the child was biracial.) [ [http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0002/14/ip.00.html CNN website] ]
George W. Bushwon re-election in 2004, Bob Jones III sent him a congratulatory letter asserting that the new President had "been given a mandate" and urging him to put his "agenda on the front burner and let it boil. You owe the liberals nothing. They despise you because they despise your Christ." [ [http://www.time.com/time/subscriber/covers/1101050207/story.html "Does Bush Owe the Religious Right," "Time", February 7, 2005] .]
Current University administration
Although the March 2007 issue of "
Foreign Policy" listed BJU as one of "The World's Most Controversial Religious Sites" because of its past influence on American politics, [ [http://www.foreignpolicy.com/story/cms.php?story_id=3754&page=1 "The World's Most Controversial Religious Sites"] . The others mentioned were the Yasukuni Shrinein Tokyo; Potala Palacein Tibet; Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh state, India; and the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif in Jerusalem.] there may be less political controversy at BJU during the current administration. When asked by a " Newsweek" reporter if he wished to play a political role, Stephen Jones replied, "It would not be my choice." Further, when asked if he felt ideologically closer to his father's engagement with politics or to other evangelicals who have tried to avoid civic involvement, he answered, "The gospel is for individuals. The main message we have is to individuals. We’re not here to save the culture." [Susannah Meadows, "Passing the Torch at Bob Jones U." "Newsweek" "Web Exclusive" [MSNBC link expired] , January 29, 2005, hard copy at [http://126.96.36.199:81/search?/YPassing+&SORT=D/YPassing+&SORT=D&SUBKEY=Passing%20/1%2C282%2C282%2CB/frameset&FF=YPassing+&SORT=D&12%2C12%2C Fundamentalist File, Mack Library, BJU] .] In a 2005 " Washington Post" interview, Jones dodged political questions and even admitted that he was embarrassed by "some of the more vitriolic comments" made by his predecessors. "I don't want to get specific," he said, "But there were things said back then that I wouldn't say today." [ [http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/05/04/AR2005050402413_5.html Washington Post, April 4, 2005.] ] In October 2007 when Bob Jones III, as "a private citizen," endorsed Mitt Romneyfor the Republican nomination for president, Stephen Jones made it clear that he wished "to stay out of politics" and that neither he nor the University had endorsed anyone. [ [http://www.greenvilleonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071021/NEWS01/710210319 Greenville News, October 21, 2007] .] Despite a hotly contested South Carolina primary, none of the candidates appeared on the platform of BJU's Founders' Memorial Amphitorium during the 2008 election cycle. [Candidate Ron Pauldid speak in a large classroom to an overflow crowd. BJU's vice president for administration said, “We purposefully chose a room in the Alumni building because we do not want candidates to hold rallies on campus. We want interested students, faculty and staff to benefit from the educational experience of listening to a candidate, and hopefully, as a result, be able to make a more informed voting decision.” "BJU Collegian", January 25, 2008.] In April 2008 Stephen Jones told a reporter, "I don't think I have a political bone in my body." ["Greenville Journal" (April 4, 2008), 32.]
Strict rules govern student life at BJU. [ [http://www.bju.edu/prospective/expect/general.html] [http://www.bju.edu/prospective/expect/dress.html] [http://www.bju.edu/prospective/expect/rhall.html] Pages on rules from the BJU website.] Some of these are based directly on the University's interpretation of the Bible. For instance, the 2005-06 Day Student Handbook states, "Loyalty to Christ results in separated living. Dishonesty, lewdness, sensual behavior, adultery, homosexuality, sexual perversion of any kind, pornography, illegal use of drugs, and drunkenness—all are clearly condemned by God's word and prohibited here." Grounds for immediate dismissal include stealing, immorality (including sexual relations between unmarried students), possession of hard-core pornography, use of alcohol or drugs, and participating in a public demonstration for a cause the University opposes. [BJU Student Handbook, '05-'06, 29] Similar moral failures are grounds for terminating the employment of faculty and staff. In 1998, a homosexual alumnus was threatened with arrest if he visited the campus. [ [http://ctlibrary.com/1504 "Christianity Today" website.] ]
Other rules are not based on a specific biblical passage. For instance, the Handbook notes that "there is no specific Bible command that says, 'Thou shalt not be late to class,' but a student who wishes to display orderliness and concern for others will not come in late to the distraction of the teacher and other students." ["BJU Day Student Handbook", 07-08, 7.] In 2008 a campus spokesman also said that one goal of the dress code was "to teach our young people to dress professionally" on campus while giving them "the ability to...choose within the biblically accepted options of dress" when they were off campus. ["BJU Changes Dress Code," "Greenville Journal", May 2, 2008, 18.]
*Freshman and sophomore residence hall students must sign out before leaving campus; students with junior and senior privileges may leave without signing out between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Curfew is at 10:25 p.m., and residence hall students must be in their own rooms and quiet at 11 p.m. Lights must be out by midnight. [ [http://www.bju.edu/prospective/expect/rhall.html "Student Expectations," BJU website] .]
*Each student is provided with a filtered e-mail account. Using unfiltered Internet access via computer,
mobile phone, or satellite phoneis prohibited for residence hall students. The university provides content-filtered Internet access for student use that blocks pornography, "lurid violence," racial hate, and other "objectionable content."
*DVD/VCRs are not allowed in residence halls; DVD players on computers cannot be used for watching films. Televisions may be used only as monitors to play video games.
*Residence hall students are forbidden to go to movie theaters or, when visiting local homes, to watch any films with a rating higher than a G rating. Residence hall students are not permitted to play, use, or own
video games that are rated T, M, Ao, or E10 or that include profanity, sensual or suggestive dress, rock music, graphic violence, or demonic themes.
*Students may not listen to country,
jazz, New Age, rock, or contemporary Christian music. [ [http://www.bju.edu/prospective/expect/rhall.html Residence hall rules] ]
*Residence hall students are permitted to work off-campus until 10:25 p.m. on weekdays and midnight on weekends, and students may not serve alcohol nor solicit door-to-door without a retail license or permission from the dean of students. [ [http://www.bju.edu/prospective/expect/general.html General expectations] .]
*The University will not allow anything displaying the logos of
Abercrombie & Fitchor its subsidiary Hollister to be "worn, carried, or displayed" on campus even if the logos are covered because these companies have "shown an unusual degree of antagonism to the name of Christ and an unusual display of wickedness in their promotions." [BJU Day Student Handbook, 2007-2008, 58; [http://www.bju.edu/prospective/expect/dress.html Dress regulations.] ]
Male dress code
*Men's hair must be traditionally styled with a conservative cut. Hair must not be colored, highlighted, shaved, shelved, tangled or spiked. Sideburns may not reach past the lower opening of the ear. No facial hair is permitted; students must be clean shaven. (Some exceptions are made for older students.) [BJU "Day Student Handbook", '07-'08, 66; "A student 35 years old or older may keep a neatly trimmed mustache if he has one before his initial enrollment, but may not grow one after enrollment. MBA, DCP and IBE students not taking classes in residence may keep a mustache or beard regardless of age." ]
*Men may not wear earrings, necklaces, or bracelets. Tattoos and body piercings are forbidden.
*Socks are required at all times.
*Hats may not be worn indoors except in athletic facilities.
*Sunday dress includes a coat, tie, dress shirt, dress shoes, dress or dressier casual pants.
*Morning dress on class days consists of a dress shirt (no denim or chambray) with tie, dress or ironed casual pants (no jeans, cargo, carpenter, or sloppy pants), dress or leather casual shoes. Shirt collar and tie knot should show beneath a sweater.
*Afternoon dress consists of a collared shirt (no crew necks), neat casual pants, dress or casual shoes (no slippers or sandals).
*Recreation and work dress may include jeans and t-shirts. Sleeveless athletic shirts may be worn during indoor activities only. Shorts may be worn by participants at athletic events but not by spectators. [ [http://www.bju.edu/prospective/expect/dress.html Dress code] ]
*Starting in the fall semester of 2008, students will be allowed to wear jeans and collared shirts when off campus, though on-campus dress code will remain the same."BJU Changes Dress Code," Greenville Journal, May 2, 2008, 18.]
Female dress code
General and classroom dress for women is a dress or a top and skirt. Loose-fitting slacks may be worn between female residence halls, to athletic events, and when off campus. Jeans are not permitted because "of a modesty issue....because it is difficult for young ladies to find modest and appropriately fitting blue jeans." Women may not wear shorts outside the residence halls and the fitness center. Underwear should not be exposed in public, and colored underwear should not be visible through outer clothing. All clothing should fit correctly without clinging, and there should be at least a 3/4-inch fold of fabric on both sides of the hips and bust. This "ease" may be measured by standing straight and pinching the loose fabric on both sides of the hips and bust line.
*The middle area of the torso may not be exposed, and tops must be long enough to meet the top of the skirt or pants.
*Sleeveless tops and dresses may be worn with a blouse, jacket, or sweater; otherwise, sleeves are required.
*Necklines may be no lower than four fingers below the collarbone.
*Tops may be fitted, but not clingy.
*Hemlines, slits or other openings may never be higher than the bottom of the knee. Denim skirts are allowed for casual dress but not in class or for other professional events.
*Shoes such as combat boots or hiking boots are not permitted.
*Hairstyles must be "neat, orderly (no spiking), and feminine. No masculine cuts or cutting edge fads. Hair color must always appear natural."
*Tattoos are prohibited. A maximum of two matched sets of earrings are allowed, and they must be worn in the lobe of the ear. No other body piercings are permitted. [ [http://www.bju.edu/prospective/expect/dress.html Women's dress.] ]
Notable people associated with BJU
List of notable people associated with Bob Jones University
Mentions in popular culture
* BJU was judged "The Most Square" university in a poll of college newspaper editors published by
McCall'smagazine, March 1967. [BJU used the poll of 97 college newspapers as public relations material and "received much favorable publicity." cite book | author = Wright, Melton | title = Fortress of Faith: The Story of Bob Jones University | pages = 309-310]
Steve Taylor" (1983) On his album "Meltdown", Taylor, a CCM artist, ridiculed BJU's racial policies in the song "We Don't Need No Colour Code." [ [http://www.sockheaven.net/music/albums/meltdown/02.html Sockheaven.net] ]
L.A. Law" (1993-94) The character Jane Halliday, played by Alexandra Powers, was a graduate of Bob Jones University. [ [http://188.8.131.52/search?q=cache:70W1L27hZ3cJ:query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html%3Fres%3D9F0CE1DA103FF932A05753C1A965958260+Jane+Halliday+%22Alexandra+Powers%22+%22Bob+Jones+University%22&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=2&gl=us New York Times] , October 31, 1993.]
* "The Ladykillers" (2004) This remake of the original 1955 movie included as a character an elderly black woman who sent money to Bob Jones University on a regular basis. [ Plot summary at [http://www.celebritywonder.com/movie/2004_The_Ladykillers.html CelebrityWonder.com] ]
Al Franken" (2003) Al Franken with a young male assistant posed as a potential student and mentor considering application to the University and during an interview with the admissions director asked questions that ridiculed school policies. Franken wrote about this episode in his book, "Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them". At the end of the chapter he noted that he and his assistant had come to BJU "expecting to encounter racist, intolerant homophobes. Instead, we found people who were welcoming, friendly and extremely nice. A little weird, yes, and no doubt homophobic, but well meaning…kind of." [ [http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=NTNlMmFmMmI0OWQ4ODFkMzNiMjVhNWNhZTE3MTZlZmQ= National Review] , September 6, 2006.]
Stephen Colbertmentioned Bob Jones University during a speech at the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner in 2006:"By the way, Senator McCain, so wonderful to see you coming back into the Republican fold, I've actually got a summer house in South Carolina, look me up when you go to speak at Bob Jones University, so glad you've seen the light, sir."
*cite book | author = Dalhouse, Mark Taylor | title = [http://www.amazon.com/dp/0820318159 An Island in the Lake of Fire: Bob Jones University, Fundamentalism & the Separatist Movement] | publisher = University of Georgia Press | year = 1996 | isbn = 0820318159
*cite book | author = Johnson, R.K. | title = [http://www.amazon.com/dp/0890841578 Builder of Bridges: The Biography of Dr. Bob Jones, Sr.] | publisher = BJU Press | year = 1982 | isbn = 0890841578
*cite book | author = Jones Jr., Bob | title = [http://www.amazon.com/dp/0890843066 Cornbread and Caviar] | publisher = BJU Press | year = 1985 | isbn = 0890843066
*cite book | author = Turner, Daniel L. | title = [http://www.amazon.com/dp/1579247105 Standing Without Apology: The History of Bob Jones University] | publisher = BJU Press | year = 1997 | isbn = 1579247105
*cite book | author = Wright, Melton | title = [http://www.amazon.com/dp/0890842523 Fortress of Faith: The Story of Bob Jones University] | publisher = BJU Press | year = 1984 | isbn = 0890842523
* [http://www.bju.edu/ Bob Jones University website]
* [http://www.bju.edu/alumni/association/ Bob Jones University Alumni Association]
* [http://www.bju.edu/academics/cas/undergrad/divns/creation/panel/index.html BJU Science Faculty on Creation, Evolution, and the Bible.]
* [http://www.bjup.com Bob Jones University Press website]
* [http://www.bjumg.org/ Bob Jones Museum & Gallery website]
* [http://www.organsofbju.com/ Organs of Bob Jones University]
* [http://www.troyandjessica.com/article/17/bob-jones-university-urban-legends.html BJU Urban Legends]
* [http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/05/04/AR2005050402413.html Taking the Bob Out of Bob Jones U.]
* [http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2000/110/53.0.html Bob Jones University Drops Interracial Dating Ban]
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