Diocesan officials have said that teachers accept in employment contracts to respect the principles of the Catholic Church, and unions agreement with the diocese says that contracts can be terminated for immorality. The Catholic Church supports acceptance and compassion towards homosexuals, but considers homosexual acts to be sins. These dedicated members of the Central Ohio Association of Catholic Educators spent many difficult hours verifying the facts of the Carla Hale case. It is up to her to decide that the agreement had been violated and that there were no cases to appeal to an arbitral tribunal. Over the past four weeks, more than 125,000 students, alumni and other supporters have signed a petition on change.org to reinstate them. A petition launched by supporters of the diocese on the same site about three weeks ago has gathered about 700 signatures. Unlike most Catholic hospitals and universities, Catholic schools are generally run directly by the Church. Primary and secondary schools are generally run by parishes, while high schools are more often run by a diocese or promotional association. Because they are run directly by the Church and are responsible for teaching religious doctrine to Catholic youth, the courts have released these schools from the jurisdiction of the National Labor Relations Act, citing the absolute protection of First Amendment religious freedom. Fee Waiver Program Some colleges and universities give the diocese fee exemptions for our teachers in exchange for mentoring their students studying to become teachers.
To apply for an exemption, please complete the application form here. The colleges and universities with which we have an exchange of services are: Ohio State University, Ohio Dominican University, Ashland University and Otterbein University. Currently, we have exemptions only from the OSU and the ODU. Exceptions to other schools with which we have agreements will be announced when they become available. Exemption application times are as follows, unless otherwise stated: For the fall period – 3rd Friday in July for spring semesters – 1st Friday in December for summer semesters – 1st Friday in April Registration for summer, 2020 at Ohio State University open on February 17, 2020. The deadline to apply for a waiver of the OSU for the summer semester is Friday, April 3, 2020.