Calif. college: Teacher violated gay bias policy

A Fresno City College instructor tells his students that homosexuality is a mental disorder

Published March 18, 2010 10:34PM (EDT)

Administrators at Fresno City College in California say a science teacher violated a campus anti-discrimination policy when he told students that homosexuality is a mental disorder.

Vice President of Student Services Christopher Villa outlined the incident last week in a letter to three students who lodged complaints against health sciences instructor Bradley Lopez. The campus' student newspaper published Villa's letter Wednesday.

Villa says instructors are free to offer opinions that may offend students or be at odds with other professionals. But he says Lopez crossed the line and created a hostile learning environment by insulting a group based on sexual orientation.

Villa wrote the college will take action, but school officials declined to elaborate.

By Associated Press

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