Should CSWE Allow Social Work Programs in Religious Institutions an Exemption from the Accreditation Nondiscrimination Standard Related to Sexual Orientation? Yes!
Journal of Social Work Education
The article discusses the suitability of Council on Social Work Education's (CSWE) social work programs in religious institutions an exemption from the accreditation nondiscrimination standard related to sexual orientation. The proposal suggests that eligibility criteria and standards be revised in regard to an institution's nondiscrimination and affirmative action policies. If the CSWE Board of Directors approves the Commission on Accreditation's (COA's) recommendation, policies that currently address race, color, religion, creed, gender, ethnic or national origin, disability, and age would be revised to include political and sexual orientation. The requirement to include sexual orientation in a program's nondiscrimination statement has been a source of pride and concern for the profession since the 1982 standards. The social work community understood when these standards were promulgated that to require institutions to include political and sexual orientation violated their religious rights.
Social work, CSWE, standards, sexual orientation
Parr, Robert G., "Should CSWE Allow Social Work Programs in Religious Institutions an Exemption from the Accreditation Nondiscrimination Standard Related to Sexual Orientation? Yes!" (1996). History and Government Faculty Publications. 65.