Sexual assault victim punished by Brigham Young University under Honor Code
Brigham Young University (BYU), affiliated with the Church of the Latter Day Saints or Mormons, is the largest religious university in the United States. Its main campus is in Provo, Utah.
|All students who attend whatever their religion must adhere to an "Honor Code" that includes "living a chaste and virtuous life," using "clean language" and not drinking alcohol or even coffee. Of course, premarital sex is not permissible. Some students at the university complain that the "honor code" is being used by administrators against sexual assault victims. The code may also serve to keep victims from reporting sexual attacks.|
No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.In April 2011, a letter was issued by the Department of Educations Office for Civil Rights that said in part: "The sexual harassment of students, including sexual violence, interferes with students' right to receive an education free from discrimination and, in the case of sexual violence, is a crime."
“We have received information that you have been a victim of behavior that is addressed in the university Sexual Misconduct Policy. We have also received information that you have engaged in behavior that violates the BYU Honor Code.”Barney's lawyer advised her not to partake in the Honor Code investigation as it could impact her criminal case. When she followed his advice the school responded by blocking her from both registering and withdrawing from classes.