Analysis Of Brigham Young University ( Byu ) Essay

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Brigham Young University (BYU), is a four-year institution of higher education led by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. BYU has been under public scrutiny due to their handling of sexual misconduct cases. Criticism stemmed from the religious Honor Code that all enrolled students, regardless of religion, are required to abide. The Honor Code had been used to punish victims of sexual misconduct. The school’s Honor Code has been described as, “prizing chastity, honesty, and virtue. It requires modest dress on campus, discourages consensual sex outside marriage and, among other things, prohibits drinking, drug use, same-sex intimacy and indecency, as well as sexual misconduct (Healy, 2016, para. 2). Victims were punished under the Honor Code after reporting instances of sexual assault to administrators. The response to previous cases has led to a chilling environment. In this environment, victims don’t feel comfortable reporting and experience guilt based upon the Honor Code. The Honor Code requirements, organizational structures and standards at the institution create an environment that is not supportive of sexual misconduct victims.
BYU has been structured to emphasize the “religious and family values” taught by the Church (“Nondiscrimination Statement” n.d.). The institution welcomes students from all backgrounds, however over 98% of students who attend BYU are members of the Church (Schad, 2014, para. 2). BYU responded to the criticisms by announcing a…

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