Audio From BJU’s Student Body G.R.A.C.E. Termination Meeting Leaked, Available Here w/Transcript


Update: After we leaked the audio from today, BJU has uploaded a video from this meeting to its website. It’s available here, along with an expanded statement. A tipster has sent us audio from this morning’s private meeting at BJU, where Stephen Jones spoke to faculty, staff and students about the school’s termination of the […]

New School Year, Same Results: BJU’s “New Students” Count Down 260 from 2012


Continuing a trend that has dogged the school for years, Bob Jones University will again host significantly fewer students this year than the last. Sources with knowledge of BJU’s admissions department confirmed to BJU News today that the “new student” count is down by over 250 year-over-year. Exact BJU enrollment numbers are always difficult to […]

BJU Publishes 2013-14 Student Handbook, Highlights Include Changes to Church Attendance, Music Policies


Bob Jones University has published its new Student Handbook for the upcoming school year, changing and updating a number of policies. A few are detailed below. Click here to download a .pdf of the new yearbook; BJU scrubs previous years from its website once  new yearbooks are published. (Pg. 51) This section on counseling is […]

Stephen Jones Updates Students on Health Status: “I’m about 70%”


Before this morning chapel service, BJU President Stephen Jones gave an update on his evolving health problems, saying he’s “about 70%” back to health, but cautioning students that complications stemming from his mysterious vertigo condition could linger “for the rest of my life.” Dr. Jones admitted to days of depression while bed-ridden in previous months, but […]

BJU Alumni Form Support Group for Gay Students, Grab Media Spotlight; BJU Responds


BJUnity, a group formed by alumni of Bob Jones University to “provide a safe harbor—a network of people and resources—for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex and straight affirming people affected by fundamentalist Christianity”, has made news this week with a new website and plans to take part in a Gay Pride parade in […]

BJU Still Not a SACS Applicant, Prospective Students Confused


Bob Jones University is not regionally accredited, nor has it submitted an application to SACS to pursue that status–a process which in itself could take years. BJU previously advertised its plans to pursue SACS accreditation on its website, but was forced to remove the statement after it was shown to be in violation of SACS […]

Expelled BJU Student Tells His Story via YouTube


The following post, like many on this site, contains information that can’t be completely verified. We present Mr. Peterman’s story as he tells it–if BJU publishes a response we will also publish that. Former BJU student Christopher Peterman, expelled yesterday, has chronicled his experience with the school’s disciplinary system in a new YouTube video. According […]

Pictures of BJU Student Body Fuel Speculation of Shrinking Enrollment


Several pictures taken during today’s Student Body program seem to confirm the long-running trend of dropping enrollment at Bob Jones University. Two things to keep in mind about these pictures: 1) The program today did not include any Senior year students or faculty/staff, and 2) The balcony is shown only partially here but was completely […]

New Leaked Audio: Pettit Contradicts GRACE, Reassures “BJU is Safe”


In today’s Chapel message, which BJU declined to release publicly but which a tipster sent to us, BJU President Steve Pettit had a message for the University family: BJU “is a safe place,” and “most” of the abuse issues the GRACE report identified “happened to people before you were even born.” Contradicting the findings of […]

Research Shows BJU’s Hypocrisy on Abuse Issues


In its apology to victims prior to the GRACE report release, Bob Jones University expressed “sincere and humble” apologies for systemic neglect, admitting that it “added to [victims’] pain and suffering.” BJU President Steve Pettit has said he wants the school to the “part of the solution” to the nationwide epidemic of assault on college […]

Former BJU Faculty Member: Costly Fine Arts Productions Weigh Heavy on BJU’s Budget


A former BJU music faculty member contacted BJU News this week with information regarding the cost of the school’s lavish fine arts productions. The information is interesting in light of BJU’s continued enrollment issues and financial struggles. According to this former music faculty member, BJU productions typically cost between $1-2 million each to stage.  Operas […]

Pettit Says Re-Gaining Tax-Exempt Status Essential to “University’s Future” in New Leaked Audio


BJU President Steve Pettit Announced a surprise new initiative for the school during last week’s “State of the University Q&A“, held on-campus for students and alumni. Pettit told the small gathering of BJU supporters that the school is looking to regain its tax-exempt status, which it lost in 1983 after the US Supreme Court found […]

BJU Grad Pens Lengthy Letter to Steve Pettit, Gets a Terse Non-Answer


A BJU grad critical of the school sent us this letter, which the grad sent to new BJU President Steve Pettit early this month: Dear Mr. Pettit, I watched the town hall meeting on the web last night and came away with the distinct feeling that I needed to write to you and share my […]

Here’s Leaked Audio of Steve Pettit’s First Faculty/Staff Town Hall as BJU President


We were just sent this file, a recording of the June 16th, 2014 faculty/staff meeting, Steve Pettit’s first such meeting as President. Stephen Jones typically used these town halls as a chance to summarize the University’s current status, and Pettit appears to be following that example.   A few notes from the recording: -Pettit says his first […]

BJU to Implement New “Character Probation” Program for “Struggling” Upperclassmen


  Clarification: our first version of this post stated that this letter was sent to any upperclassman who was not a “spiritual leader.” In fact, this letter was sent to a smaller group, those who had not been “recommended” for such a leadership position. Although smaller, we still believe the impact of this letter is […]

Faculty Meeting Roundup: 2 BJU Dorms to be Demolished, China, SACS, Collegian


BJU held a faculty/staff meeting yesterday, and an attendee emailed us notifying of a few pertinent details. -BJU will close and demolish two of its residence halls this summer, Siddons (Women’s) and Reveal (Men’s). These residence halls currently house graduate students and assistants, but the school’s steadily dropping enrollment has made these older buildings obsolete. Here’s […]

Greenville Pastor Pleads with BJU over GRACE Scandal: “I am personally aware of the disappointment, confusion and hurt that your decision and subsequent communication caused”


In a video that quickly went viral, local Greenville pastor Ryan Ferguson shared his thoughts about BJU’s handling of the GRACE investigation and, specifically, the University’s communication regarding the decision. The video, and a transcript, are below. Let us know how you feel about this remarkable statement in the comments. “To Stephen Jones, Larry Jackson, the […]

Remember This BJU Grad Who Said That “Only Psychos Feel Abused”?


As we trudged through one BJU grad’s recent defense of his alma mater (and his follow-up tweet saying our analysis amounted to an attempt at “mind-reading”), we couldn’t help but be reminded of another far more candid BJU defender who said this when we reported on the GRACE investigation back in January 2013: @BJUNews Went […]

Dave Doran Takes on the “Ungodly Attacks” of BJU’s Victims and Critics


In a new post on his Glory and Grace blog, Detroit-area BJU grad and pastor Dave Doran (who doesn’t list his BJU degree on his church site, by the way,), took aim at the “distractions, distortions and deceptions” of certain unnamed “character assassins” who have recently tried to “derail” ministries and leaders.  This isn’t the first […]

G.R.A.C.E. Termination Wrap-Up: Media Coverage, Alumni Response, and The Future


What began as a simple announcement last night from G.R.A.C.E. quickly escalated into another social media firestorm for BJU, as supporters and detractors of the University took to various online platforms to discuss its decision to prematurely end the independent investigation of its sexual abuse policies and history. To summarize, here is a timeline of […]

BJU Terminates GRACE Investigation: “We Respectfully Request That All Work by GRACE be Halted” [UPDATED]


In a stunning reversal, GRACE (Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment) today announced that BJU has asked the organization to halt its independent investigation of the school’s sexual abuse policies and history, effective immediately. No reason was given. BJU contacted GRACE in 2011, after the Chuck Phelps scandal and ensuing outrage from alumni […]

The 5 Best Comments on Bob Jones III’s Chuck Phelps Defense


This past weekend, we were given an audio recording of a meeting between a BJU alumnus and Bob Jones III that took place in 2011. The meeting was conducted in order ask Jones why BJU was continuing to defend embattled pastor and BJU grad Chuck Phelps. The Phelps scandal became national news at that time […]

BREAKING: BJU President Stephen Jones to Resign, Effective Commencement 2014


The “personnel change” we predicted earlier this week just happened. For the first time in school history, a Bob Jones University president is resigning at a young age, and due to health problems. At a “family meeting” called a few moments ago, BJU announced to students and faculty that Stephen Jones will be resigning as […]

Summary: Get Audio and Transcripts from All of BJU’s Homosexuality Sermons Here


We’ve compiled this post as an easy place to access audio and transcripts from last week’s series on Homosexuality at BJU.  BJU initially declined to post any information on these sermons but relented after BJU News leaked the audio. BJU News remains the only place to hear audio from the Q&A session as BJU has […]

More USDOE Statistics: On-Campus Crime and Further Enrollment Declines


Last week we reported on the US Department of Education’s data regarding BJU’s sports program. Here’s some further information culled from the USDOE’s data dump, featuring two areas: BJU’s on-campus crime statistics and more evidence of its dropping enrollment. Last year’s crime statistics were grim; BJU had a “significantly higher” rate of on-campus sexual assault […]

“Bruination” Blog Sees Hypocrisy in New BJU Sports Programs


UPDATE: The Bruination blog appears to have been taken offline. “This is currently just a placeholder site about how the Bruins may be the Ruination of BJU. So Bruination doesn’t stand for The Bruin Nation; it stands for The Bruin Ruination.“ A blog called Bruination is questioning BJU’s recent push for “unity” as expressed in the school’s […]

U.S. News & World Report Publishes 2014 Best College Rankings, BJU Snubbed in Favor of NGU, Furman


U.S. News & World Report yesterday published its annual ranking of American colleges and universities, honoring a number of South Carolina schools but not BJU. 32 South Carolina schools were evaluated by U.S. News, you can see that list here. The list’s most direct comparison to BJU is North Greenville University, which placed #30 in […]

BJU Admits Declining Enrollment, Claims it as a Strategy in Facebook Post


In a comment made on its Alumni Facebook page today, BJU confirmed the assertions made by this site (and many others) that its enrollment has decreased significantly in recent years, and that the decrease signals a paradigm change for the school. Direct link to the comment thread here.   This remarkable admission does put an […]

Stephen Jones Delivers Confusing, Inaccurate Summary of SACS Progress at Home Prayer Meeting


Click here to see our BJU/SACS timeline. Continuing a pattern of misdirection, Stephen Jones delivered a rambling, at times factually incorrect speech on BJU’s attempt to gain SACS accreditation at an informal home prayer meeting yesterday evening. These meetings are being held in Greenville-area homes in an attempt to strengthen the University’s image among alumni–and […]

Mike Shrock Out at BJU


Mike Shrock has been a University Representative at BJU for years, visiting BJU feeder churches and schools around the country and advertising for the school. But a search of the University website now shows he’s been scrubbed from their records, and the page he used to occupy now shows just one Representative, Chuck Kitrell. The […]

BJU Board Member Mike Harding Claims BJU Has Applied for SACS, Furthers Misinformation Campaign


In a comment posted today on fundamentalist website Sharper Iron, BJU grad, board member and pastor Mike Harding claimed that BJU has applied for regional accreditation with SACS: However, as another commenter correctly noted, BJU has not in fact applied for accreditation with SACS. As the Collegian itself admitted, BJU only began the multi-year process […]

As Music Controversy Engulfs Northland, BJU Deploys Mazak To Clarify its Stance


Update: BJU has now posted Mazak’s sermon, “Worship: Casual or Reverent?” here. Northland International University, a long-time “sister institution” of BJU, is making some waves this year by openly condoning a cardinal sin of fundamentalism: Christian rock. While we won’t detail every change and decision that’s led them to this point, suffice to say NIU […]

Bob Jones III Uses Chapel To Blast “Bloggers Who Ruin Lives”, BJU Withholds Audio [UPDATED]


According to several witnesses in Chapel today and student tweets, Bob Jones III railed against “bloggers who ruin lives” during today’s service. The tirade was seemingly in response to the revelation made last week regarding former BJU Chief Branding Officer Joseph Bartosch. BJU has so far declined to upload audio of this morning’s service to […]

Controversial Public Statements Undercut BJU’s Attempt at Re-branding


It’s no secret that for the last few years Bob Jones University has been attempting to clean up its public image. There’s a certain amount of cognitive dissonance involved in this attempt, since the school categorically denies any wrongdoing past or present (take, for instance, BJU’s current hiring of G.R.A.C.E to investigate claims of sexual […]

Bob Jones III Comments on 2012 Election: “Neither Candidate Represents Anything That Any Of Us In This Room Believes”


Bob Jones III made some pointed comments about tomorrow’s Presidential elections in today’s Chapel, skewering both candidates but reserving his harshest critiques, as expected, for Barack Obama. We’ve transcibed the relevant portions of his pre-sermon political comments here: I trust that we’re all in prayer about tomorrow…the issues here are very great, greater than political […]

WSPA: BJU Has “Significantly Higher” Number of Forcible Sex Crimes Reported Than Any Other Area School


Citing data from the US Department of Education, WSPA Channel 7 Greenville reports today that 9 forcible sex crimes were reported at Bob Jones University in 2011, many more than were reported at other South Carolina schools–even those that dwarf BJU in size. We’ve prepared the below table to feature the information gathered by the […]

2001 BJU Accreditation Pamphlet Surfaces, Shows School’s Apparent About-Face on the Issue


  A pamphlet entitled “Taking The Higher Ground: The Accreditation Issue From The Bible Point Of View”, written by Bob Jones III 2001, has surfaced online–and its inflammatory anti-accreditation rhetoric emphasizes how completely Jones and BJU have reversed course on the issue, though without explaining that reversal. Jones’s premise in the pamphlet is that “uniting” […]

2012 BJU Enrollment

2012-13 BJU Enrollment Numbers Announced in Faculty Meeting, Detailed Here


Although BJU declined to publicly announce enrollment figures for this year, those statistics were detailed internally by Gary Weier at this morning’s Faculty/Staff meeting. A person who attended the meeting passed on the relevant numbers, listed here: -BJU welcomed 711 freshman this year, an increase from last year’s 698. -The total enrollment as of today is 3,304 […]

BJU Declines To Release Enrollment Totals For Current Year


Despite some hard-to-believe rumors earlier today about record high enrollment this year, BJU today confirmed via its Facebook page that it has no plans to reveal just how many new students came to the school this year. This seems to hint at another drop in enrollment for the school, a bit of news that’s becoming […]

BJU Posts Stats on Class of 2016, No Enrollment Total Given


BJU today posted some statistics and info on its upcoming class of 2016 on its website. The photo, shown below, reveals some interesting dynamics taking shape within the student body. Of note is the lack of enrollment numbers. As recently as 2010, BJU publicly posted the size of its incoming freshman class. Last year the issue became […]

Summer Mix: Dining Common Progress, BJU Job Postings, Carl Herbster Shakeup


Progress on the BJU Dining Common renovation project is hard to gauge–the University hasn’t updated its webpage on the topic and their funding is shown at just over half–but a picture taken recently inside the building shows the extent of the planned transformation. Aramark took over control of the school’s food services on July 1st, according […]

UPDATE: BJU Still No Closer To Regional Accreditation


Despite months of preperation and attempts to convince potential students of it being a sure thing, BJU still has not even begun the multi-year process of attaining regional accreditation with SACS. The accreditation body published its June 2012 Actions Taken document last week detailing schools whose accreditation status have changed recently. BJU is nowhere to be […]

BJU to Host Conference on Sexual Abuse; Choice of Speakers Draws Criticism


Update, 7/1/2012: BJU has changed the fourth session from “Embracing Christ’s View of Children” to “Applying Grace and Truth to Hard Issues”. The new session will also be hosted by David Shumate. In apparent response to constant criticism from alumni, the media and the public, BJU has planned a conference this November on dealing with […]

Do Right BJU Movement Flies Plane Over BJU On Commencement Day (Updated 2x)


In a still-developing story, the Do Right BJU movement has apparently hired a plane to fly over the school’s campus this afternoon, displaying a banner with a web address and a call for transparency. Students began tweeting about the event around 4:45PM today, during the middle of the annual post-Commencement celebration around campus. The Twitter reaction seemed […]

New Chuck Phelps-Related Scandal Emerges


Former BJU Board member and University-affiliated pastor Chuck Phelps is again under fire for a decision made  years ago. The story begins with Joshua Budgett, a New Hampshire man charged today with ten counts of sexual assault against an underage girl. Police say the incidents stretch back to 2009, but this isn’t Budgett’s first brush […]

Peterman Expulsion Story Gains Media Attention, BJU Responds


South Carolina ABC affiliate WSPA Channel 7 today ran a story spotlighting the story of former BJU student Chris Peterman. Peterman was expelled on Tuesday in controversial fashion, as BJU News reported yesterday. Several other online sources have picked up the story, including Advocate.com, The Glee News Network, a fan site dedicate to “news and […]

Stephen Jones Set to Make Public Return April 30th


BJU President Stephen Jones will soon make his first Chapel preaching appearance in almost eight months, according to the University’s website. Jones last spoke publicly on September 5th, 2011. Blogging Without Apology, a BJU watchdog site, keeps a running total of the time since Jones’ last appearance and a countdown to his scheduled April 30th […]