A Brigham Young University sophomore claims she is being punished by her own school — for reporting to cops that she had been raped.
Madi Barney, 20, who has gone public with her allegations against the conservative Mormon-run school, told the Salt Lake Tribune that BYU is now blocking her from registering for classes and she has filed a sexual discrimination complaint with the feds.
A spokeswoman for the Provo, Utah-based university insisted that was not the case.
"While I cannot talk about an individual case, I can assure you that we would never put a hold on a student's registration because she reported her rape to the police," BYU spokeswoman Carri Jenkins told NBC News. “As a policy, we don’t confirm the receipt of complaints publicly,” an official there said.
"He knew that the victim in the case could receive disciplinary action based on the information contained within the report," prosecutors said in court records obtained by the paper.Since Barney's ordeal began, nearly 75,000 people have signed an online petition asking that BYU give students who report being raped immunity from Honor Code investigations."I am a survivor of rape, and now BYU has put my academic future on hold due to their allegations that I broke the Honor Code in the circumstances of my assault," Barney said in the petition."I want victims of sexual violence at BYU to have an immunity clause from the Honor Code so that they don’t feel afraid to report." On Monday, BYU president Kevin Worthen insisted "we care deeply about the safety of our students." "A victim of a sexual assault will never be referred to the Honor Code Office for being a victim of sexual assault," Worthen said in a statement.Brigham Young University (BYU, sometimes referred to colloquially as The Y) is a private, non-profit research university in Provo, Utah, United States completely owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS or Mormon Church) and run under the auspices of its Church Educational System. The university's primary focus is on undergraduate education but it also has 68 master's and 25 doctoral degree programs.Approximately 99 percent of the students are members of the LDS Church and one-third of its U. Students attending BYU agree to follow an honor code, which mandates behavior in line with LDS teachings such as academic honesty, adherence to dress and grooming standards, and abstinence from extramarital sex and from the consumption of drugs and alcohol.and the university sponsors weekly devotional assemblies with most speakers addressing religious topics.Many students (88 percent of men, 39 percent of women) either delay enrollment or take a hiatus from their studies to serve as Mormon missionaries.BYU offers a variety of academic programs, including liberal arts, engineering, agriculture, management, physical and mathematical sciences, nursing, and law.The university is broadly organized into 11 colleges or schools at its main Provo campus, with certain colleges and divisions defining their own admission standards.The university also administers two satellite campuses, one in Jerusalem and one in Salt Lake City, while its parent organization, the Church Educational System (CES), sponsors sister schools in Hawaii and Idaho.