Ecclesiastical Endorsement. As students, we promise to abide by the CES Honor Code, the BYU-Idaho Dress and Grooming Standards, the Residential Living. You are not alone in this problem; there are a few hundred students at BYU who are not LDS. Quite a few of them are Moslem, because their parents like its. New or Returning – Student Ecclesiastical Endorsement (NRSEE) in classes for one semester) students, visit and follow the site prompts to.
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Amnesty, the school said, would encourage reporting and keep victims in college.
But the man accused by the BYU-Idaho student told their bishop she had been drinking at the time of the alleged assault. The school suspended her even though her sexual misconduct complaint was upheld. The high-profile policy changes at Mormon-owned schools did not address ecclesiastical endorsements: But in a prepared statement, spokesman Daniel Woodruff defended the endorsement requirement. All students agree to demonstrate high moral conduct, act with integrity and honesty, and adhere to standards of dress and grooming.
Bishops have an important responsibility to help them live in this manner and continue to grow endorsemebt. At an apartment last month in Rexburg, Idaho, a group of students was lying on the floor, watching a movie, said endorsrment BYU-I student, who asked to be ecclesiasyical by the pseudonym Maria.
The Salt Lake Tribune generally does not identify sexual assault victims. It was no secret that she had been drinking beyond the point where she could reasonably consent to sexual contact, Maria said. Her speech was slurred and she had been stumbling before she settled under a blanket the group was sharing, next to a man she described as a casual acquaintance from her LDS student congregation, Maria said. She said she was in and out of sleep, facing away from the man, when he began groping her both over and under her clothes.
When the others had fallen asleep or left the room, she said, the man tried to get on top of her and pull off her clothes. She said she pushed him off. He left for a while but later returned, she said. The next day, Maria told Rexburg police the man had assaulted her. The agency confirmed that her case exists but said it would not release records because an investigation was pending. The man said police have not contacted him. Two days after he was contacted by Title IX investigators, the man Maria accused met with their bishop in Rexburg.
A detailed confession, the man said, was important so the bishop could help both him and Maria.
Maria said she believes he reported to the bishop to retaliate against her for her Title IX report. I was hoping she could work on her stuff, too … so she can be helped with drinking and following the Honor Code. In a letter, which The Tribune has obtained, the university suspended Maria for two semesters because her bishop withdrew her endorsement. The bishop, Jay Ellis, would not discuss her discipline. Three days after Maria was suspended, she received another letter, this one from the Title IX office.
Maria said she asked her Title IX investigator for help when her bishop first called her and said her endorsement was at risk. The council, which included faculty and administrators with backgrounds in nursing and psychology, outlined 23 changes that would improve how BYU responded to sexual misconduct.
The council recommended that the findings be shared with ecclessiastical LDS Church. But it did not suggest any new training or guidelines for bishops, who still could revoke the endorsement of any student. He pointed to a survey on sexual assault, given to students at the Provo campus in springfive months after amnesty for assault victims was announced.
More than 90 percent of respondents still believed that if they were assaulted, they would be investigated for Honor Code compliance — and ecclesiasticsl percent thought their ecclesiastical endorsements would be questioned.
Then, she said, he told her he would have her expelled from BYU if she were to become pregnant. I didn’t receive any of the comfort that I went to receive. I received exactly the opposite. The authority that clergy have over students at LDS Church-owned schools gyu rare in higher education, even among religious colleges, said Michael Austin, a BYU graduate who has studied sexual assault responses at faith-affiliated campuses.
He now oversees investigations as executive vice president for academic affairs at the University of Evansville, a Methodist school in Indiana. While many religious universities require pastoral references for admission, LDS schools require endorsements to be renewed annually. And they have formal procedures for clergy to withdraw endorsements at any enddorsement. As a university administrator, to give up that much power is … deeply problematic and at the very least should have some kind of an appeal procedure.
Maria said her bishop told her enforsement had consulted with the stake president before revoking her endorsement, and that both agreed it was the right course of action. A lack of training or expertise can be particularly hazardous in cases of sexual assault, where criminal investigations endorsemennt be pending, victims may be traumatized and predators may be looking for leverage over victims, he said.
Scclesiastical the survey at BYU in Provo, 6 percent of students who reported being assaulted in the previous year said that their assailants coerced them by threatening edorsement talk to the Honor Code Office or the person who signed their ecclesiastical endorsement. Julie, who asked to be eccelsiastical by her first name only, said she was raped by a neighbor whom she ecclesiwstical from her student ward in Provo.
Before the assault, she said, the man noticed she was unhappy at church, and she confessed she was losing faith. But he did force her to attend church with him, in a ward where he was well-liked. She knew those interactions would undermine her with the bishop if she ever tried to say the man had raped and coerced her, she said.
Amnesty is a good start, but It would be naive to assume that untrained bishops all will respond to assault appropriately, Julie said. For now, after suspensions at BYU-Idaho, Maria and the man she accused are deciding what to do while their schooling is on hold.
The man said he felt his bishop and the Title IX office handled the case well. Maria, on the other hand, wants to make other plans.
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