Dr. John Nemacek has taught at the school for 16 years. But when he started transitioning to become a woman the school reduced Nemecek's responsibilities, eventually ending his contract.
But not everyone supports the university's decision. Spring Arbor is a Christian school, but one group of faculty and students there say that doesn't mean there isn't room for diversity. Monday they held a rally to support the transgendered professor fired by the school.
"I'm overwhelmed. I really am grateful for them coming out on a cold and wintry day," said Dr. Julie Nemacek.
The people were all gathered in front of Spring Arbor University for Dr. Julie Nemecek.
"Spring Arbor hasn't given a solid reason why Julie can't stay here. We think it's really important that she stay," said one supporter.
Nemecek's attorney, Randi Barnabee, says letting Julie go amounts to discrimination. "This may be a Christian college, but they accept federal funds, their students get federal funding, and when you get federal funds you have to follow the federal law," said Barnabee.
This case is set to go to mediation in March, but Nemecek's attorney says if that doesn't work, they're willing to take it to court.