Sunday, February 13, 2022
BYU News, U.S. Department of Education Dismisses Title IX Complaint Against BYU:
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has dismissed a Title IX complaint against BYU that alleged discrimination related to students involved in same-sex romantic relationships. The complaint, which was recently reported in the media, was officially dismissed on February 8, 2022.
BYU had anticipated that OCR would dismiss the complaint because OCR has repeatedly recognized BYU’s religious exemption for Title IX requirements that are not consistent with the religious tenets of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As President Kevin J Worthen wrote in a recent letter to OCR, BYU affirms “the freedom to operate a religious university without sacrificing distinctive religious beliefs,” and at the same time, BYU “will continue to support ongoing efforts to find common ground on these issues as we strive to follow Jesus Christ’s example of love and fairness for all of God’s children.” ... President Worthen’s letter stated that “we simultaneously stand firm in our religious beliefs and reiterate our love and respect for each member of the campus community.”