Sexual Relationships at Seaver College
In keeping with Pepperdine University's Christian mission and its heritage in Churches
of Christ, all members of the University community are encouraged to consider and
respect the teachings of Jesus and historic, biblical Christianity. Pepperdine University
affirms that sexual relationships are designed by God to be expressed solely within
a marriage between husband and wife. This view of sexuality and marriage is rooted
in the Genesis account of creation and is maintained consistently throughout scripture.
Sexual relations of any kind outside of marriage are inconsistent with the teaching
of scripture, as understood by Christian churches throughout history, including Churches
of Christ. Therefore, as a matter of moral and faith witness, all members of the University
are expected to avoid such conduct themselves and to respect this understanding of
Frequently Asked Questions
Why does Pepperdine have a statement about sexual relationships?
Pepperdine provides this statement so that those who join our community are aware
of our values and expectations. We believe that scripture is the ultimate authority
on how to conduct our lives and serves as a light to guide our way in a manner that
honors God and others. Our understanding of scripture is that sexual activity is to
be expressed only in a marriage between husband and wife, and therefore we are called
to a life of chastity when unmarried and a life of fidelity within marriage.
Can students lose their scholarships or face disciplinary action just for identifying as LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender)?
No. Students cannot lose their scholarships or face disciplinary action just for identifying
How will Pepperdine respond to the harassment of LGBT students?
Pepperdine will not tolerate the harassment of any member of our community and will
take disciplinary action against anyone found responsible for such behavior. Pepperdine
is committed to maintaining an environment where students can learn and grow without
the fear of being harassed. Please report harassment immediately to Public Safety
or the Office of Community Standards. See the Discrimination and Harassment policy for more information.
Is there a support group for LGBT students?
Yes. Pepperdine believes that students who experience same-sex attraction and gender
dysphoria are best supported if they are able to share their questions, struggles,
or their self-understanding with others in a trusted environment. Experiencing identity
issues in isolation can be overwhelming; community support can be positive and nurturing.
Thus, each school has an informal or officially recognized LGBT student organization
that welcomes all students to participate.
What if students disagree with Pepperdine's statement on sexual relationships?
Pepperdine respects everyone's right to express his or her opinion and recognizes
that there are members of our community who do not agree with the sexual relationships
statement. We acknowledge the complexity of issues surrounding sexuality and desire
to engage this conversation with courage, humility, prayerfulness, and convicted civility.
Pepperdine's religious heritage, while affirming the church's historical position
on sexuality, also values the scholarly investigation of scripture. Consequently,
we are committed to the open study of scripture and discussion of all perspectives,
both inside and outside the classroom. Regardless of one's viewpoint, Pepperdine affirms
the dignity and worth of every person and seeks to create a campus culture where each
person is treated with love and respect.
Last Updated: July 17, 2017
Policy Contact: Community Standards