Baylor University joined the mushrooming list of American college campuses eager to declare sanctuary campus status. A handful of graduate students from the religion department petitioned to defy federal and state laws to provide a safe haven to students, faculty, and community members living in the United States illegally. Already, the online petition, “Make Baylor University a Sanctuary Campus,” has around 1,350 signatures.

It went up on Monday and is addressed to Interim President David Garland plus other Baylor officials. While its authors cite Christian values as the foundation for sanctuary campus policies, the private Baptist university continues to crawl out from underneath a mound of high profile sports-related sex scandals, including the firing of a newly assistant coach who was arrested on a prostitution charge. READ MORE