Bob Jones University rehires G.R.A.C.E.

After a boatload of negative publicity, Bob Jones University has re-hired G.R.A.C.E.

The announcement was made by the school this morning.

BJU Reengages GRACE To Complete Independent Review

Greenville, S.C. (February 25, 2014) – Bob Jones University today announced that it has reached agreement with GRACE to complete the independent review of the University’s response to sexual and other abuse.   The independent review was initiated by the University in response to a series of national news stories about abuse at other institutions.  The purpose of the review was to assess past responses by the University in support of victims and identify policies and procedures that could be enhanced.

Bob Jones University suspended the review on January 27, 2014.  Bob Jones University met with GRACE on February 18-19, 2014, to discuss any issues that might stand in the way of GRACE’s completion of thorough, transparent and objective review.  GRACE satisfactorily addressed the University’s concerns and Bob Jones University is confident the review can be completed in a timely and professional manner.  To be clear, GRACE and BJU are united in their commitment to a review that is thorough, transparent and objective.  As the process moves forward, regular updates will be provided.

BJU appreciates our former students and others who participated in the review with GRACE. They demonstrated great courage to share their stories in an effort to help us improve. We appreciate how important this review is to everyone who cares about the University and we apologize for the added anxiety caused by the temporary suspension of the review.

News of the termination of G.R.A.C.E. reached far beyond the evangelical world and local news outlets when the organization was abruptly dumped by BJU  in January, just weeks before it was to release its report on past abuse and how Bob Jones U can improve response.

G.R.A.C.E. will be releasing an announcement on the reinstatement this afternoon.

Update:  G.R.A.C.E.

Late last week, GRACE informed BJU that reinstating the original agreement with modifications was the only way to insure that the independence and integrity of
this process is not compromised. We requested that BJU reinstate the original agreement so that GRACE could immediately move forward and complete this critical process.
GRACE was greatly encouraged this morning to be notified by BJU of its decision to accept our offer to reinstate the original agreement with no changes.

…The events of the past month will significantly postpone the completion of this process.

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4 Responses to Bob Jones University rehires G.R.A.C.E.

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  2. fjc says:

    Last month there was an award (jury) of $12.5M against a Baptist church and the Florida Baptist Convention in a child sex abuse court case.

    In Colorado, several Pastors and at least one elder have been charged with failing to report a case of child sexual abuse to the authorities. A former youth Pastor has been charged with abuse.

    People are coming forward. But progress will not be made until more of these cases are brought to light in civil and criminal proceedings.

    And history shows us that nothing happens until faith based institutions are impacted where it hurts the most-in the pocketbook and in the public reputations of their respective leaders.

  3. Bene D says:

    Saw that.

    The full report can be accessed here:

    http://netgrace.org/wp-content/uploads/Final-Report.pdf

    Here is the BJU statement:

    http://www.bju.edu/news/2014-12-10-grace-report-statement.php

    G.R.A.C.E. was careful outlining their methodology – after ABWE fired them and hired the Mormon firm, I think G.R.A.C.E. has to re-establish cred. At best it’s an uphill battle convincing evangelicals and fundamentalists to take sexual abuse and assault seriously and put victims first.

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