Bob Jones University is located on Wade Hampton Blvd. in Greenville. (File/FOX Carolina)
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Last Thursday, Christopher Peterman said he was getting ready for graduation, which was about a week away, but a show he watched off campus got in his way.
"I was sending my graduation announcements that day. I had them all ready to be put in mail," said Peterman.
That's until he got called into a meeting and was suspended from Bob Jones University.
"I had no idea that this was going to happen," said Peterman.
Peterman said he had to pack up his dorm room and find housing with someone off campus because he was not allowed back on campus. He said the problem at the university began several months ago.
He started a group called "Do Right BJU" in November 2011 to support sexual abuse awareness on campus. He said the silent protest in December led to some problems.
First, he claims he had to start attending counseling with the dean of men after Christmas break. He was required to read entire books of the Bible every day and write out devotions.
Bob Jones students are allowed 150 demerits before being suspended from school. He said the demerits started small for things like not shaving, returning to his dorm late, Facebook violations and forgetting to make his bed.
Peterman said the infractions got bigger until he topped out at 170 demerits last week. But this student claims less than half are legitimate.
Earlier this month, he got in trouble after a student reported him watching FOX's television show Glee off campus.
"They said that the nature of show was so morally wrong. They ended up giving me 50 demerits," Peterman said.
Bob Jones University released this statement: "We do have our expectations of our students. They are listed in the handbook. They all sign the student covenant in the handbook. We expect them to honor the covenant in spirit and letter. We also do everything to help them succeed."
Peterman did admit he did violate some rules, but all he wants is to be able to return to school to graduate.
"If Bob Jones would let me come back and finish my exams, I would gladly come back," he said.
Peterman said he has appealed to the provost and hasn't heard anything back yet.
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