Brigham Young University may not have a police department when the Fall semester begins, but if it does the department will have to operate under the state’s open records law.
This week, Utah’s Senate Judiciary Committee voted unanimously for bill SB197 forcing BYU’s police force to fall under state guidelines including its open records law.
According to the Salt Lake Tribune, BYU’s general counsel and police chief supported the bill.
However, the university is still fighting the issue in the state’s Supreme Court.
The university and its police department has been under scrutiny after students who reported sex crimes had been disciplined under BYU’s Honor Code.
BYU a private university owned and operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, meaning students can be punished if they don’t adhere to religious regulations outlined in the Honor Code.
In the case in question, sexual assault victims say the university penalized them after they reported the abuse. That’s forced some victims to stay silent in order to avoid retribution.
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