George Fox University: Stop Denying My Transgender Son Appropriate On-Campus Housing
  • Petitioning Robin Baker

This petition will be delivered to:

President, George Fox University
Robin Baker
Dean of Community Life
Mark Pothoff
Director of Marketing Communications
Rob Felton

George Fox University: Stop Denying My Transgender Son Appropriate On-Campus Housing

    1. Petition by

      Janice "Jayce's Mom"

      Portland, United States

I am speaking out for my African-American, transgender son, Jayce, and asking for your support.  Jayce wants to live with his male friends in on-campus housing next year, but George Fox University recently refused to allow this because Jayce is transgender. As Jayce’s mother, I am deeply concerned by George Fox University’s decision. The university has also indicated that it is considering a policy for students, which will require that all housing be based on “biological birth sex.”  In this case, there would be no housing accommodations, at all, that would be allowed for transgender students like my son, to live with their male friends.

I want Jayce to be safe and to feel included in the campus community as he continues his education at George Fox and I want Jayce to be allowed to live in on-campus housing with his male friends. Jayce transitioned socially several years ago and has been under the care of a medical doctor, and on testosterone, for over a year to assist with his transition. He also recently applied for a legal gender change, which will be granted later this month, and I’m helping him change his gender marker on his driver’s license and with the Social Security Administration.

Jayce’s friends on campus have no problem living with him. They support and respect him. I am hoping that the university will show the same care and respect as Jayce’s friends have, and allow Jayce to live with them for the sake of his mental health and well-being. As a concerned parent, I am asking you to join me, on Jayce’s behalf, in asking George Fox University to please reverse its decision and allow Jayce to live in on-campus housing with his male friends.

Recent signatures


    1. Oregon's Minority Lawyer Associations Urge George Fox University to Treat Jayce and other Transgender Students Better

      Janice "Jayce's Mom"
      Petition Organizer

      From their joint letter: “Our members know the emotional, financial, and physical pang of discrimination based on who we are. Our members know the pain of difference. We wholeheartedly support Jayce and his right to be who he is.” The letter further states that “as lawyers, business people, and community leaders, [the GFU Board of Trustees] should recognize that George Fox’s policy spotlights the school as discriminatory and hurtful.”The Oregon Hispanic Bar Association, Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Oregon Minority Lawyers Association, Oregon Women Lawyers, and the Oregon Gay and Lesbian Law Association submitted a joint letter to George Fox University’s board of trustees today.

      Read more at:

      Jayce M. Update: Major Minority Bar Associations Urge George Fox to Change Course

      By Daniel Borgen, PQ Monthly "Our members know the pain of difference." Last spring, we wrote about Jayce M., an African-American transgender student at George Fox who wants to live on campus with his friends this year-but he was denied on-campus housing by the university. (The complete story on that is here.)

    2. Jayce's Complaint Denied on Heels of Religious Exemption; Call to Act

      Janice "Jayce's Mom"
      Petition Organizer

      George Fox University has taken the path of Hobby Lobby and was recently granted a religious exemption from nondiscrimination laws as applied to transgender students. Shortly before Jayce filed his Title IX discrimination complaint, George Fox went behind his back and requested a religious exemption from Title IX's housing, restroom use and athletic regulations designed to protect students from sex and gender identity discrimination. The Department of Education recently granted that exemption request, and on the basis of the exemption, denied Jayce's complaint.

      Jayce will appeal the Department of Education's ruling. In the meantime, Jayce needs your help. Please call George Fox President Robin Baker at 503-554-2101 and let him know how you feel about his discriminatory actions. If you don't feel comfortable calling, email him at:

      You can read more at the PQ Monthly article below:

      Breaking: Department of Education Grants George Fox Religious Exemption; Says College Can Refuse Trans Students On-Campus Housing

      By Daniel Borgen, PQ Monthly In April, we wrote about Jayce M., an African-American transgender student at George Fox who wants to live on campus with his friends next year, but was denied on-campus housing by the university. Jayce, a junior at the Christian university of liberal arts and sciences located in Newberg, Ore., has medically, socially, and legally transitioned.

    3. Reached 20,000 signatures
    4. The Rally Was a Success! Watch the clip with a message from Jayce.

      Janice "Jayce's Mom"
      Petition Organizer

      The rally near the George Fox campus was a huge success. You can watch a clip of the rally and a message from Jayce at this link:

      Thank you to everyone who came out and supported Jayce. We marched with and then stacked 14 boxes in front of the university to symbolize the 14,000 petitions that had been signed as of yesterday. Our hope is that George Fox will listen to all the support for Jayce and change its decision that denied him appropriate on-campus housing.

    5. Reached 15,000 signatures
    6. Rally for Jayce this Sunday at 1:30 PM near campus!

      Janice "Jayce's Mom"
      Petition Organizer

      For more info and to join the rally, check out the Facebook event page:

      Jayce, his pastor, and Jayce's attorney will be speaking and we will be symbolically delivering the petitions to the university president.

      Rally for Jayce at George Fox University this Sunday! | Facebook

      Rally for Jayce at George Fox University this Sunday! | Facebook

    7. 4,000 Signatures! Blessed Beyond Belief.

      Janice "Jayce's Mom"
      Petition Organizer

      That's nearly 1,000 per day/almost one every minute! Stay tuned for more ways to get involved on the ground.

      (informative article)

      The Huffington Post:

      Trans* Housing At George Fox University

      As first reported by PQ Monthly, George Fox University has refused to allow Jayce, a transgender, African-American student, to live on campus in housing appropriate for his gender. They are also developing a policy that restricts housing to being based exclusively on the biological sex that was assigned to their students at birth (not inclusive of intersex or ambiguous non-binary birth gender).

    8. Reached 4,000 signatures
    9. 2,500 signatures and numerous powerful comments! Plus continuing coverage.

      Janice "Jayce's Mom"
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you for your heartfelt comments. They mean the world to Jayce. If you want to follow some of the continuing coverage of Jayce's story, you can find it at the links below. While we have more signatures than we imagined possible, let's make our next goal of 5,000!

      KATU News:

      Transgender student files sex discrimination complaint against George Fox

      NEWBERG, Ore. - George Fox University in Newberg says its Christian theology makes it necessary to separate student dorms into all-female or all-male. The attorney for Jayce, a sophomore at the university, says the transgender student tried to convince university leaders to let him move into the all-male dorms. The university turned him down, and Thursday decided not to consider an appeal from Jayce.

    10. Reached 2,500 signatures
    11. Coverage of Jayce's Housing Situation

      Janice "Jayce's Mom"
      Petition Organizer
      Transgender George Fox student told he can't live in male dorms

      PORTLAND - A transgender student has filed a complaint against George Fox University after officials said he couldn't live with other men during the upcoming school year. Jaycen, who goes by 'Jayce,' is currently a sophomore at the Christian college. He has been undergoing a female-to-male transition over the past few years.

    12. Reached 1,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Susan Pellegrino BROOKLYN, NY
      • about 11 hours ago

      B/c I have friends who have children who are transgender woman and transgender men and we need to support them!!

      • 3 days ago

      only fair

      • 4 days ago

      If he says he's a boy, then he is a boy

    • Samuel Copeland CHARLESTON, SC
      • 6 days ago

      People should not be descriminated for gender sexuality or race

    • Jonathan Plass PHILADELPHIA, PA
      • 7 days ago


      Robin Baker, President, George Fox University

      Mark Pothoff, Dean of Community Life

      Rob Felton, Director of Marketing Communications

      Subject: George Fox University should provide safe on-campus housing for transgender students

      Dear President Baker, Dean Pothoff, and Director Felton,

      George Fox University’s recent decision to deny Jayce on-campus housing with other male students has put his housing, and his education, in jeopardy, and caused him to feel rejection, rather than the love of Christ.

      Jayce wants what other students want, to live in on-campus housing with his friends. However, the university won’t allow this because Jayce is transgender. Instead, the university offered to allow him, for one-year only, to live off-campus with his male friends. This makes it seem like the university is ashamed of him, and willing to sacrifice his mental health and educational goals at the expense of avoiding controversy. It feels like “separate but equal.”

      The university’s motto is “Be known.” Jayce let you know who he is but you will not let him be himself on campus, at least not in his home, where he sleeps, socializes and takes refuge.

      Being a religiously-affiliated school does not mean having to be unwilling to hear Jayce’s story, see past preconceived notions of sex and gender and respect him for who God made him. I’m worried for Jayce and I’m worried for other transgender students who will be impacted by the policy that the university’s board of trustees is considering to assign all students housing based on their “biological birth sex,” with no provisions to protect transgender students through providing housing consistent with their gender identity, providing gender neutral housing or otherwise.

      The reputation of George Fox University has decreased in my eyes. I urge you to provide Jayce and other transgender students with safe and appropriate on-campus housing, to add gender identity and gender expression to the university’s non-discrimination policy, and to abandon the discriminatory housing policy currently being considered by the board of trustees.


      Jonathan Plass


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