La Sierra University Faculty Senate Resolution Affirmation of Support For the Department of Biology, College of Arts and Sciences

Whereas the Department of Biology • has trained at the undergraduate level in the biological sciences thousands of students who have become successful professionals-physicians, dentists, and pharmacists, as well as distinguished academic scientists; • has excelled in the scholarly publication of scientific research; • is recognized for its outstanding teaching, enhancing the excellence that has long characterized La Sierra University; and • has been active in service to the community and to the church; and Whereas certain off-campus persons • have publicly attacked, and circulated a petition against, the faculty of this department for including in their classes the evolutionary aspects of the modern biosciences; • have attempted to dictate to the University-including its administration, trustees, and faculty-the content of aspects of the bioscience curriculum; • have not followed the protocol established by Jesus and outlined in Matthew 18:15-17; • have thus made the work and lives of these dedicated Adventist professors more stressful and difficult; Therefore, be it resolved, that the Faculty Senate of La Sierra University, representing the combined faculty of the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the School of Education, and the School of Religion, • affirm our strong support for our colleagues in the Department of Biology; • and affirm our commitment to the preservation of academic freedom with intellectual and moral integrity in the context of our heritage, and service as a Seventh-day Adventist Christian University.

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