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There's an apocryphal story of a long-since-retired Utah County sheriff's deputy who would take police reports to Brigham Young University's Honor Code Office, said sheriff's Sgt. Spencer Cannon.
But if that was ever standard practice, he said, "we've put a kibosh on that."
"If I notified the Honor Code Office of every time I witnessed a violation, I'd have to work 24 hours every day of the week," he said.
Cannon said this week that he hopes recent media coverage of BYU's practice of referring some students who report sexual crimes to its Honor Code Office and a sheriff's deputy's role in providing that office with a police file in one case will not dissuade victims from reporting such crimes in the future.
"It has been clear to me and I think everybody else here that we don't release information to the public unless through authorized channels," he said, comments echoed by representatives of the Orem, Provo and BYU police departments.
Provo Lt. Brandon Post said that during four years in his department's special victims unit, he can't recall ever involving BYU's Honor Code Office in an investigation.
Said Orem Sgt. Craig Martinez: "We don't even ask if anybody we deal with is a college student."
Cannon said his office has received phone calls, emails and Facebook posts from citizens concerned about victims' privacy after it was reported that Deputy Edwin Randolph in what Cannon said was an off-duty capacity shared a police file with the Honor Code Office and prompted an investigation into an alleged rape victim.
The Honor Code and sexual assault at BYU
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April 15 • Deputy Utah County Attorney Craig Johnson says BYU jeopardizes a pending rape prosecution because the Honor Code Office after obtaining the police file from a Utah County sheriff's deputy who knew the suspect refuses to delay its own case against the alleged victim.
April 15 • Utah County Attorney Jeffrey Buhman counters his prosecutor's opinion that BYU's Honor Code Office was threatening a pending rape prosecution with its probe into the victim's actions. Buhman said he dropped a witness retaliation charge against a Utah County sheriff's deputy because of information he learned from an inadmissible internal affairs investigation.
April 18 • BYU said its Title IX investigators, charged with protecting students from sex discrimination, sometimes refer sexual assault victims to the Honor Code Office for investigation of their conduct, and announces that it will review "potential structural changes" in light of public concern.