Former Student at BYU-Hawaii Sues Over Honor Code and Assault

October 14, 2016

A former Brigham Young University-Hawaii student has filed a lawsuit alleging the school’s honor code prevented her from seeking help after she was sexually assaulted.

The Salt Lake Tribune reported that the lawsuit, filed Sept. 30 in Honolulu, claims the Mormon-owned school’s rules banning unmarried students from sexual activity made the victim feel like she could not report her assault. According to the lawsuit the victim had previously been suspended over an alleged violation of the school’s Honor Code.

A BYU-Hawaii spokesman declined to comment on the lawsuit but said the university has a zero-tolerance policy for sexual misconduct.

sexual harassmentThe woman’s complaint comes as BYU-Provo faces a federal investigation into its compliance with Title IX, which requires universities to follow certain procedures when dealing with sexual assault on campus.

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  • October 14, 2016 at 3:18 pm
    EMJ says:
    Having attended a school with an honor code there was never any doubt that this code did NOT apply to a rape, molestation or any other illegal activity. This was moral code to... read more
  • October 14, 2016 at 2:46 pm
    Doug says:
    Many private universities have issues with federal regulations and honor codes. Many starting athletics and regular students have been suspended when not abiding with the hono... read more
  • October 14, 2016 at 2:18 pm
    Angry says:
    Let me get this straight.... the girl was raped... didn't ask for it... but because she was she is being Chastised????? The LDS need to pull their heads out! This makes me s... read more

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