A new Hooters location is opening in Abilene, Texas, later this month, and a local university is telling students to think twice before applying for a job.
Abilene Christian University issued a statement to the news station KTXS-TV:
“…we have asked students to consider both what Hooters represents and whether that is something they really want to support in terms of both their faith and the value this business model places on women,” the statement read.
“If a student was in a position where the university felt they were not upholding the standards in the handbook, we’d address those issues with that student at that time,” the statement continued, referring to a clause in the university handbook that tells students to “make decisions that ultimately glorify God.”
A university spokesperson would not clarify whether this policy applied to men as well as women, or whether students could face expulsion for working at Hooters, saying only that it would be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
Hooters avoided directly addressing ACU’s comments when asked for a response.
“Hooters is committed to supporting the communities in which we operate and prioritizes a welcoming environment for all of our employees and guests,” said spokesperson Sarah Osment.
Osment emphasized the positive impact Hooters has had in communities.
“Over the years, Hooters has raised funds for numerous philanthropic initiatives including raising more than $4.7 million for breast cancer research, and has provided more than $3.1 million in tuition reimbursement to its employees. We look forward to serving the people of Abilene at our new location,” Osment said.
Hooters often markets itself to college students as potential employees, touting flexible hours and tuition assistance programs.