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On this page you’ll find all of our investigative reporting on Liberty University and the Falwell family.



Jerry Falwell’s Legal Battle With Liberty University — and His Brother — Escalates

Falwell Jr. alleged several board members diverted university funds to private causes and overlooked sexual misconduct by former leaders.

The ongoing legal battle between Liberty University and Jerry Falwell Jr. has taken yet another twist, with the disgraced former president of the school alleging misconduct by its board of directors and attempting to ban the university from using images of his late father.

Liberty University’s Handling of Sexual Assaults Under Investigation by Department of Education

This story was published by ProPublica. It is reprinted with permission. ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to receive their biggest stories as soon as they’re published. The federal Department of Education has begun investigating Liberty University’s handling of student reports of sexual assault. In a statement to ProPublica, the school pledged its “full cooperation” with the investigation. Last October, ProPublica revealed how the school, which was founded by…

Student-Led Petition Calls For Liberty University To Close Falkirk Center

A new petition from a group calling itself Liberty United Against Falkirk is calling for Liberty University to shut down the Falkirk Center, a conservative political think tank at the evangelical Christian school in Lynchburg, Virginia. The petition reportedly had been signed by more than 400 Liberty students and recent graduates as of Tuesday (Dec. 29), according to The Christian Post. “Students at Liberty are tired of having our witness tarnished by association with a…

Investigation into Liberty University Now Open

Liberty confirmed in a statement Tuesday (Oct. 20) that the Virginia-based school has retained Baker Tilly US, a global forensic accounting firm, to conduct the wide-ranging review of business practices during the tenure of Jerry Falwell Jr. The inquiry, as first announced by the school board at the end of August, will cover financial, real estate, and legal matters.

Falwell’s Use of NASCAR Owner’s Yacht Comes Under Scrutiny

A key reason for Jerry Falwell, Jr.’s departure from Liberty University was an Instagram photo showing Falwell with his pants unbuttoned, on a luxury yacht. According to Politico, the yacht is owned by billionaire NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick.  Falwell’s family has been using the yacht for family vacations since Liberty University committed to a lucrative sponsorship deal with Hendrick Motorsports.

Falwell On “Indefinite Leave of Absence” From Liberty University

The Executive Committee of Liberty University’s Board of Trustees, acting on behalf of the full Board, met today and requested that Jerry Falwell, Jr. take an indefinite leave of absence from his roles as President and Chancellor of Liberty University, to which he has agreed, effective immediately. The board’s action is a response to Falwell posting a photo of himself with a woman on his yacht, both had their shirts hiked up and their pants…

Liberty University Makes Cuts to Philosophy, Divinity Departments

Liberty University philosophy professor Mark Foreman wrote on his Facebook page yesterday:  “Liberty University has chosen to completely dissolve the philosophy department. As of June 30, I am unemployed.” Liberty University’s philosophy department has seven faculty members, including Gary Habermas, one of the best-known Christian apologists in the nation.  Habermas is 69 years old. UPDATE May 15:  Habermas reported on social media that he had not been laid-off.  He confirmed that the philosophy department had been eliminated, and…