The Ethics Of The State Of Utah

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In the state of Utah, statistically 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 campus environment. In the past, the honor code system at Brigham Young University 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). With the creation of an amnesty clause, BYU is setting a standard for universities nationwide and an example of how students can advocate change for school policies. BYU’s amnesty clause 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 the 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 implemented immediately. (Walch, 2016). The beginning statement of the amnesty clause states, "At BYU, being a victim of sexual misconduct is never a violation of
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