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  1. As I'm sure everyone remembers BYU & BYU-I have adopted changes to policy with regards to victims of sxual assault. In an attempt to encourage victims to report assault as well as keep the victims in school, the BYU schools granted amnesty to victims so that even if they were breaking the honor code at the time of an assault, they could still report it without fear of being kicked out of school. Apparently there's a loophole in that plan. Even though the honor code office no longer investigates and reports misconduct which could terminate a students acceptance at the university, a bishop can still pull the student's ecclesiastical endorsement for honor code violations. In this case the woman called police and pressed charges. The accused man went to the bishop and confessed misconduct and also told the bishop that the woman had been drinking alcohol. Because she had been drinking, he pulled her endorsement and effectively expelled her from school. I'm not sure that we can know the motive of the man for telling the bishop about the woman's drinking, but an argument can at least be made that it was a retaliatory action. IOW- he was getting back at the woman who turned him in, knowing that she would also get in trouble. While there is a difference between an honor code office investigation which results in expulsion and an accusation made to a bishop who then pulls an ecclesiastical endorsement, the effect is the same. The victim is expelled from school. This will continue the chilling effect and discourage victims from reporting assault. If an abuser knows he can tell a bishop about other honor code violations which could result in the ecclesiastical endorsement being pulled, the abuser has tremendous power to intimidate the victim to keep her from reporting. So what can be done? Should a bishop ignore reports of honor code violations? Should the ecclesiastical endorsement be revamped or removed as a requirement for attending?
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