Jennifer Keeton, the student fighting for her right to hold anti-gay views, filed an appeal Monday of her recent loss.

Keeton, a graduate student in the Counselor Education Program at the Augusta State University in Georgia, is challenging school officials who have declared her anti-gay beliefs incompatible with the counseling profession.

U.S. District Judge J. Randall Hall ruled Friday in favor of the university. Hall said it was reasonable for a public university to enforce academic standards.

“[M]atters of educational policy should be left to educators and it is not the proper role of federal judges to second guess an educator's professional judgment,” Hall wrote.

According to the 43-page lawsuit, Keeton was presented with a remediation plan in May, in which faculty members said her views on gay and transgender persons are “professionally suspect.” The plan called for Keeton to attend a minimum of three diversity workshops with an emphasis on the gay community, increase her exposure and interaction with gay populations (attending gay pride was suggested), and increase her study and research on improving counseling effectiveness with LGBT people.

The twenty-four-year-old graduate student was advised that failure to complete the plan could result in dismissal from the program.

Keeton has described the plan as an attack on her religious beliefs.

“A public university student shouldn't be threatened with expulsion for being a Christian and refusing to publicly renounce her faith, but that's exactly what's happening here,” David French, senior counselor for the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF), which filed the lawsuit against the school on Keeton's behalf, said in a statement.

But Hall dismissed the suit's religious claims: “[T]he plan was imposed because the plaintiff exhibited an inability to counsel in a professionally ethical manner – that is, an inability to resist imposing her moral viewpoint on counselees – in violation of the ACA Code of Ethics, which is part of the ASU counseling program's curriculum.”