The Honor Code System At Brigham Young University Essay

1325 Words Dec 7th, 2016 6 Pages
In the state of Utah, one in three women will be sexually assaulted in her lifetime, and one in eight will be raped. (Morgan, E. 2014). Campuses nationwide, and specifically the state of Utah, are feeling the weight of this issue impact the environment on campus. The Honor Code system at Brigham Young University prior to the addition of an amnesty clause for sexual violence victims interfered with the legal process, “revictimized” victims of rape and sexual assault, and most importantly, sent a message to the student body that they should not report sexual assault (Brown, 2016, p. 8). This topic is important because BYU is setting a standard for universities nationwide and an example of how students can advocate change for school policies. BYU’s amnesty clause, created in response to a petition and federal investigation in cases of rape and sexual violence on campus, is how the school shows the students that their safety is important, that they will do what it takes to keep a campus safe, and that sexual violence will not be tolerated.
The Amnesty Clause to the Honor Code shows students that their safety while attending school is of great importance to administration. This clause was introduced this past October, after five months of discussion by the Advisory Council on Campus Response to Sexual Assault as to how they should adapt the Honor Code for victims of sexual violence. They pushed for 23 recommendations, which were all passed, with five recommendations that were…

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