Utah Police Reviewing BYU’s Handling of Sexual Assault Cases
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah's Department of Public Safety has launched an investigation into whether Brigham Young University's police department is sharing sexual assault case information appropriately.
Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Marissa Villasenor says BYU's police department asked for the investigation so that an external party could examine whether it is correctly sharing these reports with other departments in the school and county.
The fact-finding investigation was initiated on Tuesday and follows the barrage of recent complaints over the school's practice of opening honor code investigations into students after they report being sexually assaulted.
Villasenor says the broad investigation stems in part from these recent incidents, including the handling of information related to Madi Barney's recent sexual assault case. BYU spokeswoman Carri Jenkins was not immediately available for comment.