Yep, the school sacked its off-campus librarian, 14-year tenured faculty member Michael Wilson. It’s not like he didn’t know it was coming. Last fall, the school \put in place a new Personal Lifestyle Statement that bans gay sex for faculty and staff, among a long list of other behaviors it argues aren’t in agreement with the Bible.
Wilson tried to compromise, striking out the portion mentioning homosexuality, offering up a note to Dowless (photo) and telling his story to the press. It didn’t work. The school axed him with a two-sentence letter on May 23 that implied he resigned by editing the contract.
Wilson countered that he didn’t resign. The school didn’t accept that explanation either, according to Save Our Shorter. The blog chronicles developments surrounding the Lifestyle Statement and has reported that some 60 employees have left over the document.
Shorter has received your letter of May 3, 2012, wherein you requested to work through your contract date of May 31, 2012. Dr. Shull sent you a letter acknowledging your resignation, and you have now written an email stating that you had not resigned. Shorter had not received a valid, fully-executed contract for continued employment. Since you have not returned a valid contract, you do not have a contract for the upcoming academic year.
Shorter appreciates your services to the University and students and wishes you well in the future.
The school’s No Homo measure was put in place last October, prompting two protests, a trio of petitions calling for the policy to change, worries from gay employees of a witch hunt, concern from gay students about their safety and an explosion of letters and comments on the Rome News-Tribune website.