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After being embattled in the Supreme Court over a proposed law school, Trinity Western University (TWU) has recently decided to make their Community Covenant optional rather than mandatory. 

TWU lost their Supreme Court case against provincial law societies which said they would refuse to accredit the university's proposed law school because their Community Covenant discriminated against LGBT students.

At the centre of the fight was the covenant's requirement that students abstain from sexual relationships outside of heterosexual marriage.

TWU released a statement on August 14 saying that the board of the private Christian University recently met to review their admissions policy which includes the covenant.

The Board of Governors passed the following motion:

“In furtherance of our desire to maintain TWU as a thriving community of Christian believers that is inclusive of all students wishing to learn from a Christian viewpoint and underlying philosophy, the Community Covenant will no longer be mandatory as of the 2018-19 Academic year with respect to admission of students to, or continuation of students at, the University.”

The school's president, Robert Kuh, said in the release that the school believes the motion will help "position us to better fulfil the TWU Mission."

The covenant will still be available for students to sign, but will no longer be mandatory.

Kuhn stressed that the school's mission is still the same, saying "Let there be no confusion regarding the Board of Governors’ resolution . . . We will remain a Biblically-based, mission-focused, academically excellent University, fully committed to our foundational evangelical Christian principles. We will continue to be a Christ-centred community; one that is defined by our shared pursuit of seeking to glorify God by revealing His truth, compassion, reconciliation and hope to a world in need."

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