A concern for the intellectual, emotional, social, physical and spiritual well-being of its students is deeply engrained in Brigham Young University’s identity and purpose. This concern for the total person demands a corresponding commitment to creating an environment that is edifying, secure and safe.
Sexual misconduct (which includes sexual assault, stalking, sexual harassment and dating/domestic violence) destroys such an environment, violates core doctrines of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and causes significant trauma for the victim—intellectually, emotionally, socially, physically and spiritually.
In May 2016, BYU President Kevin J Worthen organized the Advisory Council on Campus Response to Sexual Assault with a charge to identify changes that will help BYU work toward the elimination of sexual assault on campus and determine how to better handle the reporting process for victims of sexual assault. Its final report was published in October 2016 and details the Advisory Council’s findings and recommendations. BYU has since approved an updated sexual misconduct policy that addresses the 23 recommendations put forward by the Advisory Council on Campus Response to Sexual Assault.
In January 2018, Dean Ben Ogles spoke in a campus-wide devotional address on the topic of "Agency, Accountability, and the Atonement of Jesus Christ." His full remarks can be viewed here.