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Studies of sexual assaults at BYU include ‘potential structural changes’

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Posted at 5:17 PM, Apr 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-18 19:22:56-04

PROVO, Utah — Brigham Young University officials, using “resources both inside and outside of the university,” are studying the reporting of sexual assaults to the university’s Title IX Office, according to a statement issued Monday.

“We understand the concerns that have been expressed about the reporting of sexual assaults to our Title IX Office, and we care deeply about the safety of our students,” the statement said.

The issues surrounding the reporting of sexual assaults, “including potential structural changes within the university, the process for determining whether and how information is used, and the relationship between the Title IX Office and the Honor Code Office” will be studied under the direction of the university president, the statement said.

The statement was issued in the wake of a controversial case in which an alleged sexual assault victim said she was investigated for potential Honor Code violations after reporting she was raped.

Full statement: 

We understand the concerns that have been expressed about the reporting of sexual assaults to our Title IX Offce, and we care deeply about the safety of our students. We have decided to study these issues, including potential structural changes within the university, the process for determining whether and how information is used, and the relationship between the Title IX Office and the Honor Code Office.

Under the direction of the university president, the issues will be closely studied. He will call on resources both inside and outside of the university to study all aspects of our process.