Clash Over Professor’s Lectures on Sex Tests Academic Freedom at Religious College

Pacific Union College has backed down from a threat to dismiss a longtime psychology professor over lectures on sex that administrators said clashed with church teachings. But the controversy has stirred up questions over how committed the liberal-arts college is to academic freedom.

The professor will keep his job, but his department chairman resigned, citing the dispute as a key factor. The situation illustrates the challenges of protecting academic freedom while observing church