LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — Former students of the University of Lynchburg want to cut ties with Liberty University and rename part of a building dedicated to the late Rev. Jerry Falwell. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that an online petition has received more than 700 signatures. Former students pointed to what they described as a long history of bigoted remarks by Liberty University’s founder.
Falwell’s name is on a plaque at the rooftop terrace of the new 90,000-square-foot Westover Hall, a $22 million residence hall that opened last fall and was built in part with money donated by Liberty. Jerry Falwell Jr., who took over the presidency of Liberty University in 2007, disputed the claims that his father was a bigot.