The student newspaper at the Texas-based Baylor University has apologized for calling a professor's comments "transphobic."
English lecturer Christina Crenshaw faced backlash from students and the college's newspaper after she publicly criticized an executive order from President Joe Biden that allows biological males who identify as females to compete in women's sports.
Crenshaw had responded to a tweet from Daniel Darling, senior vice president of communications for the National Religious Broadcasters.
Crenshaw, who now has a private Twitter account, had originally responded to the tweet by asking: "What if I don't want biological boys in the bathroom with my biological daughter? Do the 99% of us who do not struggle with gender dysphoria have a voice? No? What if I told you Title IX was never meant to apply to >1% of the students over the 99%? Doesn't matter? Cool."
The university's newspaper, The Baylor Lariat, included a screenshot of Crenshaw's reply to Darling in an article describing the criticism she has faced, initially saying her comments were "transphobic."
An editor's note has since been added to the top of the article that reads, "In reporting on this story, we characterized the tweets as 'transphobic.' We have since updated the story to instead describe the statement as controversial."
"We do not want this to be the sort of thing that people see Baylor as," a student explained. "We don't want to be known as a transphobic university. We don't want to be known as a homophobic university. We want to be known as a safe and loving place where we can show Christ's love to all people."
The paper also apologized for the original characterization of the tweet.
"We would like to formally apologize for this error in our reporting. It was irresponsible to publish the story as was originally posted. We should have simply reported on the facts of the situation, and we would like to apologize to Dr. Crenshaw for this lapse in our publication's journalistic standards and for unfairly labeling her tweets," the publication said.