Bob Jones University fires firm hired to investigate sex abuse

By Sarah Pulliam Bailey, Religion News Service On February 10, 2014

(RNS) Bob Jones University has fired an independent firm hired to investigate sex abuse reports just one month before the group planned to release its 13-month review findings.

The university had contracted with Lynchburg, Va.-based GRACE (Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment) in November 2012.

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"Over the last several months, we grew concerned about how GRACE was pursuing our objectives, and on Jan. 27, 2014, BJU terminated its contract with GRACE," the university said in a press release. "It is BJU's intention to resolve its differences with GRACE, and we are disappointed a resolution could not be reached before our differences were made public."

In December, BJU president Stephen Jones announced his resignation due to health concerns, a point made in its termination letter to GRACE.

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