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Fresno college: Instructor violated policy with anti-gay teachings

(Photo: Fresno City College Rampage)

Fresno City College officials said they plan to take action against an instructor accused of presenting religious-based and anti-gay views as fact in a health class.

Campus administrators have concluded that instructor Bradley Lopez violated a campus anti-discrimination policy when he told students that homosexuality is a mental disorder that should be treated with psychotherapy.

In a March 8 letter to three students who complained, the school said its investigation found that Lopez engaged in conduct that could create a hostile learning environment, reports the Fresno Bee.

The three students were part of a complaint filed by the American Civil Liberties Union in February.

The letter from Christopher M. Villa, Fresno City’s vice president of student services, said that Lopez’s conduct could have unreasonably interfered with students’ learning by making insulting comments directed at homosexuals.

A copy of the letter was posted on the website of the college’s student newspaper, The Rampage.

The college said it would “take appropriate action to address the violations policy and regulations and prevent them from recurring in the future.”

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