BYU formalizes updated sexual assault policy

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BYU approved an updated sexual misconduct policy that, among other things, will implement all 23 recommendations from the school’s Advisory Council on Campus Response to Sexual Assault.

The recommendations were put together a year and a half ago after BYU came under fire amid students’ claims that the university investigated them because they reported sexual assault.

In 2016, BYU President Kevin J Worthen organized the Advisory Council on Campus Response to Sexual Assault to identify the changes BYU needed to make to better help survivors.

These recommendations, many of which are ongoing currently, included the adoption of an amnesty statement; a new location for the Title IX Office separate from the Honor Code office; and providing additional training for those involved in investigating, supporting and responding to sexual assault.

A comprehensive list of each recommendations and its status can be found on BYU’s Title IX website.

The BYU President’s council approved the new, updated BYU sexual misconduct policy May 2018 after a number of discussions with the faculty and student Advisory Councils. The Title IX Compliance Committee also weighed in on the decision.

The updated policy includes all of the Advisory Council’s recommendations, including the already implemented resolutions.

The Title IX update says, “A concern for the intellectual, emotional, social, physical and spiritual well-being of its students is deeply ingrained in Brigham Young University’s identity and purpose. This concern for the total person demands a corresponding commitment to creating an environment that is edifying, secure and safe.”

More information on the updated policy can be found on BYU’s Title IX Update site.

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