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A divisive controversy on campus has continued to grow over the past couple of weeks because a detailed section of the Honor Code referring to homosexual behavior on campus was removed. Advocates have claimed the change has accomodated same-sex dating on campus.
Reaction from the LGBT community was swift. Whether changes in the Honor Code language meant gay dating on campus now accepted has been a key point of controversy.
Why was the prescriptive homosexual behavior language removed from the Honor Code? The Honor Code was changed to create a single standard for all CES institutions that is consistent with the recently released General Handbook of the Church. How do you expect members of the campus community to respond to the events of the last two weeks?
We realize that emotions over the last two weeks cover the spectrum and that some have and will continue to feel isolation and pain. We encourage all members of our campus community to reach out to those who are personally affected with sensitivity, love and respect.
We are all members of the BYU community—thousands of people coming together to develop faith, intellect and character, and we should always reach out in love and support to those around us. What happens when someone reports a student to the Honor Code Office?
For a complete description of the Honor Code Office investigation and review process, go to HonorCode. Please remember the office does not investigate anonymous reports and the reporting individual must agree to have their name be known, except where the reported behavior could impact the physical safety of members of our campus community. How does the Honor Code Office work with ecclesiastical leaders on this matter?
All universities have a code of conduct that outlines the expectations of behavior for its students. BYU calls its code of conduct the Honor Code. All universities also have an office that is primarily responsible for addressing behaviors that violate its code of conduct, which is generally under the purview of the Dean of Students Office.
Changes in the Honor Code language has generated national media coverage. Some students began participating in p ublic displays of homosexual affection and posting photos on social media.
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