Feds have cleared BYU, but is BYU in the clear?

LGBTQ, race and free speech points threaten the Provo college’s educational fame and standing.

Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune
A file photograph of the Brigham Younger statue at BYU. The Provo campus is grappling with a variety of challenges.

Coming into 2022, Brigham Younger College confronted a federal investigation about its discrimination in opposition to LGBTQ college students, permitting heterosexual {couples} to exhibit “romantic conduct,” whereas forbidding the identical for same-sex {couples}.

Ultimately, the Division of Schooling’s Workplace for Civil Rights dismissed the investigation, saying the Provo college, owned and operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is exempt from federal legal guidelines prohibiting gender-based discrimination. These exemptions started in 1976 underneath then-BYU President Dallin Oaks.

Different points have since surfaced on the religion’s flagship campus — equivalent to canceling gender-affirming voice remedy for transgender shoppers, inserting stricter limits on protests, and coping with fallout from a controversial speech by faith professor Brad Wilcox.

On this week’s present, Michael Austin, a BYU alumnus and government vp of educational affairs on the College of Evansville, a Methodist college in Indiana, talks concerning the challenges dealing with BYU and its educational standing.

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