Religious Affiliation and APA Accreditation
Seattle Pacific University is a Christian educational institution affiliated with the Free Methodist Church of North America. SPU’s School of Psychology, Family, and Community (SPFC) welcomes all students regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, sex, gender identity, language, national origin, race, color, religion, culture, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status. Also, SPFC participates in extensive curriculum review to meet accrediting standards and requirements.
As a religious organization, Seattle Pacific University reserves the right to prefer employees or prospective employees on the basis of religion as permitted by law. The University welcomes faculty and staff from the range of theologically orthodox Christianity who affirm the University’s Statement of Faith. While SPU does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability, SPU does have religious-based conduct expectations for faculty and staff as written in its Employee Handbook, including expectations to refrain from illegal and unethical acts, from use of alcohol or tobacco products on campus, and from sexual behavior that is inconsistent with biblical standards (see the University’s Statement on Human Sexuality).
SPFC is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion across different cultural identities in all of its activities. Moreover, SPFC is fully committed to supporting LGBTQIA+ students through inclusive mentorship, scholarship, and curricula in accordance with APA standards. For more information about particular diversity activities and resources for SPFC students, see SPFC’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion webpage or speak with a member of the SPFC Diversity Committee listed on the webpage. SPU acknowledges that diverse views exist within various faith communities regarding human sexuality, including within our own. The importance and complexity of this issue will continue to inform conversations as we strive to respect and care for all members of our community.