It has long established itself as a bastion of fundamentalism.
Jones III, president since 1971, and his father, Bob Jones Jr., who died in 1997, have been sharp-tongued about those they believe have abandoned the strict teachings of the Bible, including Billy Graham and the pope.
Criticism following Republican presidential candidate George W.
Bush's visit to Bob Jones University has led the school to drop its controversial ban on interracial dating."As of today, we've dropped the rule," Bob Jones III said on CNN's Larry King Live Friday night.
GOP candidate Alan Keyes, who recently spoke at Bob Jones University, said Friday night he thought lifting the ban was "a good step forward.""As you know I'm married to an Indian American, so our marriage would have violated their own guidelines," he told The Associated Press in a telephone interview."I think this will help, so that the world will understand the real heart of Bob Jones University, and the people I met there and the people I know there.