Kent Gramm, a full professor of English at Wheaton College, in Illinois, is amidst two painful separations.
He and his wife are divorcing. And, because heâ€™s choosing not to discuss the terms of that first separation with his employers â€” to determine whether the divorce falls within what the college considers to be appropriate Scriptural parameters â€” heâ€™s resigning from Wheaton in what he calls â€œa mutually agreed-upon separation. And the alternative of it would be to be fired.â€
â€œThis is sort of an additional and very significant separation. Iâ€™ve been there for 20 years. Iâ€™m very attached to the students,â€ Gramm says.
â€œThereâ€™s a considerable amount of grief, but I was aware that this would be the consequence, and Iâ€™ve been aware of this for a long time. So, in another sense, Iâ€™ve prepared myself ahead of time for this.â€
Wheaton, a non-denominational evangelical Protestant college, maintains a strong commitment to its statement of faith and community covenant, the latter a social compact based on biblical standards for Christian character and behavior. Wheatonâ€™s long-standing policy on divorced employees stems directly from those two documents, the provost, Stan Jones, says.