In a stunning reversal, GRACE (Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment) today announced that BJU has asked the organization to halt its independent investigation of the school’s sexual abuse policies and history, effective immediately. No reason was given.
BJU contacted GRACE in 2011, after the Chuck Phelps scandal and ensuing outrage from alumni made national news. The school was eager, by its own admission, to prevent further damage to its reputation by heading off more scandals. GRACE agreed to commence an independent investigation into the history of the school’s treatment of all manner of abuse, including sexual, emotional and physical. Hundreds of surveys were taken from current and former students, faculty and staff, none of which will now, presumably, see the light of day.
It’s not clear what the result of this termination will be, although clearly BJU’s focus is on ending its relationship with GRACE and preventing any further information from being gathered or disseminated. We’ve uploaded the announcement to our Scribd page, and you can also read it below: