Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Alumni Complain To ABA That BYU Law School Expels Mormon Students Who Leave The Church

The Salt Lake Tribune reported yesterday that the American Bar Association is investigating a complaint filed against Brigham Young University Law School by a group of its alumni calling themselves FreeBYU.  The group charges the law school with continued enforcement of provisions in its Honor Code that results in expelling Mormon students who leave the LDS Church while they are enrolled in law school.  Similarly the students are fired from their campus jobs and evicted from campus housing. (Background.)  The Honor Code applies as well to faculty.  FreeBYU says that the school's ban on homosexual behavior and sex-reassignment surgery also violates ABA anti-discrimination standards (ABA Standards for Approval of Law Schools, Standard 205).