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May 01, 2008

A college professor faced a difficult choice: Discuss with his employer the details of his pending divorce or lose his job. He is losing his job.

Kent Gramm, a professor of English at Wheaton College , says he will resign at the end of the semester instead of being fired for refusing to disclose the reason behind his divorce from his wife of 30 years, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

While the evangelical Christian school's policy allows divorce, the school reserves the right to review the cause of an employee's divorce to see if it falls within acceptable parameters, the newspaper notes.

"You sign the statement when you accept employment at the college," Sarah Clark, director of media relations at the school tells the newspaper. "Everyone knows it's part of the deal."

Gramm says knew about the policy but still refuses to discuss the cause of his divorce, citing privacy.

"I think it's wrong to have to accuse your spouse and to discuss with your employer your personal life and marital situation," Gramm tells the newspaper. "But I don't feel badly treated. There has been an attitude of compassion here."

The newspaper notes some of the school's other policies, including ones that ban smoking, drinking, gambling. Four years ago, Wheaton allowed dancing for the first time since the school banned it during the Civil War.

Source: Chicago Sun-Times

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