Student says school rules punished her for reporting rape

Before you go, we thought you'd like these...

Student Says School Rules Punished Her for Reporting Rape

A student at Brigham Young University says the school is punishing her for reporting that she was raped.
The 20-year-old said in an online petition that BYU's honor code proceedings are revictimizing her after she reported that a 39-year-old man sexually assaulted her in 2015.

BYU's strict honor code forbids things like drinking coffee, smoking, premarital sex and hosting visitors of the opposite sex in bedrooms.

This student says fear of the code led her to wait four days before reporting the assault to police.
She says she never reported it to BYU but that the school sent her a notice saying the police report indicated she'd violated the honor code.

The student also says professors didn't accommodate her court appearances and that she's on academic hold, unable to withdraw from or register for classes pending an honor code review.

Students protest the rape code at Brigham Young University:

8 PHOTOS
Brigham Young University rape code protests
See Gallery
Student says school rules punished her for reporting rape
Protesters stand in solidarity with rape victims on the campus of Brigham Young University during a sexual assault awareness demonstration Wednesday, April 20, 2016, in Provo, Utah. BYU students who say they were sexually assaulted are finding themselves under investigation for possible violations of the Mormon school's honor code against sex and drinking. BYU says it will re-evaluate the practice. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Protesters stand in solidarity with rape victims on the campus of Brigham Young University during a sexual assault awareness demonstration Wednesday, April 20, 2016, in Provo, Utah. BYU students who say they were sexually assaulted are finding themselves under investigation for possible violations of the Mormon school's honor code against sex and drinking. BYU says it will re-evaluate the practice. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Katie Townsley stands in solidarity with rape victims on the campus of Brigham Young University during a sexual assault awareness demonstration Wednesday, April 20, 2016, in Provo, Utah. BYU students who say they were sexually assaulted are finding themselves under investigation for possible violations of the Mormon school's honor code against sex and drinking. BYU says it will re-evaluate the practice. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
A protester stands in solidarity with rape victims on the campus of Brigham Young University during a sexual assault awareness demonstration Wednesday, April 20, 2016, in Provo, Utah. BYU students who say they were sexually assaulted are finding themselves under investigation for possible violations of the Mormon school's honor code against sex and drinking. BYU says it will re-evaluate the practice. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
In this Tuesday, April 19, 2016, a welcome sign to Brigham Young University sits at the school in Provo, Utah. BYU students who say they were sexually assaulted are finding themselves under investigation for possible violations of the Mormon school's code against sex and drinking. BYU says it will re-evaluate the practice. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Brent Webb Brigham Young University Academic Vice President speaks with protesters who stand in solidarity with rape victims on the campus of Brigham Young University during a sexual assault awareness demonstration Wednesday, April 20, 2016, in Provo, Utah. BYU students who say they were sexually assaulted are finding themselves under investigation for possible violations of the Mormon school's honor code against sex and drinking. BYU says it will re-evaluate the practice. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
In this April 19, 2016 photo, Madeline MacDonald poses for a photograph, in Provo, Utah. MacDonald said she reported being sexually assaulted during her freshman year at Brigham Young University. She is among other students who say they have been sexually assaulted and find themselves under investigation for possible violations of the Mormon school's code against sex and drinking. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE
SHOW CAPTION +
HIDE CAPTION


She says the review requires her to answer questions about the assault — but she's not supposed to talk about her case until after trial.

She has also filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education saying BYU violated Title IX laws about gender equity.

BYU President Kevin J. Worthen says the school is launching a study to improve its response to sexual assaults while honoring both Title IX and the honor code.

"Sometimes the fear of what's going to happen may keep them from coming in. There is that tension. ... What we want to do is minimize that as much as possible." he says.

A 2011 letter from the Department of Education to schools reads: "Schools should be aware that victims or third parties may be deterred from reporting incidents if alcohol, drugs, or other violations of school or campus rules were involved. ... Schools should consider whether their disciplinary policies have a chilling effect on victims' or other students' reporting of sexual violence offenses."

The BYU student's online petition, which has over 100,000 supporters, calls for the university to create an "immunity clause" so others aren't afraid to report sexual violence.

More on AOL.com
Six strangers involved in three-way kidney transplant meet for the first time
Cody Rackemann receives 4 life without parole sentences plus 20 years in quadruple murder
WWE superstar Chyna's brain to be donated to science for CTE study

Read Full Story

People are Reading