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Title IX Update

The material on this website contains information pertaining to sexual assault. We understand that reading about sexual assault can be triggering or difficult for sexual assault survivors. With any communication, our goal is to encourage reporting to better serve our students and campus.

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Here is a list of confidential resources for survivors and others affected by sexual assault:
BYU's Sexual Assault Survivor Advocate (1500 WSC, 801-422-9071)
BYU Counseling and Psychological Services (801-422-3035 or 801-422-2222 after business hours)
Center for Women and Children in Crisis Rape Crisis Line (801-356-2511)​
National Sexual Assault Hotline (1-800-656-4673)​

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 2018, BYU approved an updated sexual misconduct policy that addresses the 23 recommendations put forward by the Advisory Council on Campus Response to Sexual Assault. 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.

Report of the Advisory Council on Campus Response to Sexual Assault.

BYU's Title IX Office launched a new version of their website during Winter Semester 2018. The website now features a calendar of events and campaigns to promote awareness and prevention of sexual misconduct. Visitors will also find a list of campus and community resources to assist students, faculty, staff and administrative employees.

View the resources list here

Articles Related to Title IX
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July 19, 2019
BYU's Sexual Assault Survivor Advocate, Lisa Leavitt, took over the BYU Instagram Story in May to share a little more about what she does here on campus and who she serves (it's not just students).
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May 13, 2018
Brigham Young University has now addressed the 23 recommendations put forward by the Advisory Council on Campus Response to Sexual Assault a year and a half ago and has approved its updated sexual misconduct policy.

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April 02, 2018
In an effort to clarify purpose and better meet the needs of students on campus, Brigham Young University is updating the title of victim advocate to sexual assault survivor advocate.

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November 16, 2017
Lindsay Orchowski of Brown University consulted with BYU in the development of its campus climate survey and shared her reaction to the survey results.

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November 15, 2017
BYU has completed and published its report on a survey conducted earlier this year about incidents of sexual misconduct, awareness of resources for victims and perceptions of the campus on this issue.

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June 22, 2017
Being a victim of Sexual Misconduct is never a violation of the CES Honor Code.

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June 22, 2017
Brigham Young University has formalized its amnesty policy, following a recommendation made by the Advisory Council on Campus Response to Sexual Assault in October. Since that time, BYU has been operating under the amnesty guidelines outlined by the council. The university has also closed its campus climate survey and is reporting an overall completion rate of 42.8 percent.
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April 17, 2017
In November 2016, Associate Athletic Director and Senior Woman Administrator Liz Darger attended NCAA Common Ground II — a forum to explore how representatives of the LGBTQ and faith-based communities can work more cohesively in college sports and higher education. Since then BYU has been developing a stronger relationship with the NCAA Office of Inclusion.
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March 29, 2017
BYU Women’s Services and Resources, Title IX team up for National Sexual Assault Awareness Month
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