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BYU Finalizes New Amnesty Policy for Assault Victims

by | Jun. 26, 2017

Mormon Life

BYU-Provo, BYU-Idaho, BYU-Hawaii, and the LDS Business College have all adopted a new amnesty policy for witnesses and student survivors of sexual assault. 

LDS Church colleges and universities have finalized an amnesty policy that shields student victims and witnesses of sexual assault from honor code investigations, BYU announced Friday.

The policy, also adopted at BYU-Idaho, BYU-Hawaii and LDS Business College, is intended to encourage students to report assaults without concern that the Honor Code Office might punish them for violations that could be uncovered during an assault investigation.

BYU also announced that nearly 43 percent of students completed a campus climate survey about perceptions and issues related to sexual assault.

The university adopted the amnesty policy in October amid other sweeping changes recommended by a hastily formed Advisory Council on Campus Response to Sexual Assault.

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