A student from California Baptist University was recently expelled after the school found out she was transgender. According to university officials, 24-year-old Domaine Javier committed fraud when she listed herself as female on the university application.
The discovery came when school officials saw the student in an April 2011 episode of MTV’s documentary series “True Life.” In the episode, titled “I’m Passing as Someone I’m Not,” Javier reveals her transgender identity to family and friends.
Javier said that she has identified as a female since childhood, and began presenting and living as a woman at age 13.
“I didn’t do anything wrong,” Javier told the Press-Enterprise of Riverside. “The [administration] said, ‘On your application form you put female.’ And I was like, ‘Yeah, that’s how I see myself.’”
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Javier recently received her associate’s degree from Riverside City College, and was accepted into California Baptist University’s nursing program. She was scheduled to begin classes in October.
In July, however, Javier received a letter from the university temporarily expelling her for “committing or attempting to engage in fraud or concealing identity,” and presenting false or misleading information during the application process. On Aug. 30, her expulsion was officially finalized.
California state law prohibits discrimination based on gender or sexual identity, Advocate.com reported. However, since CBU is a private religious institution, it is not required to abide by these laws.
Javier now plans to re-enroll at Riverside City College, but says she has to wait until next fall to do so.
“This totally ruined my career path,” Javier told Press-Enterprise. “I’ve been trying to finish as soon as possible … I didn’t know [Baptists] were that extreme.”
According to Advocate.com, the university declined to comment for the story, citing “confidentiality of student disciplinary matters.”