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PROVO - Brigham Young University has revised its political policy, clarifying the school's neutrality and spelling out the process for inviting speakers.
''It's not changed. It's just clarified,'' BYU spokeswoman Carri Jenkins said.
The policy outlines the steps necessary for groups to get invitations approved. Groups must clear speakers with academic advisers, department chairs, deans and, in some cases, the Office of General Counsel.
Jenkins said the LDS Church-owned university has not gotten tighter with procedures.
''It doesn't restrict it. It just explains the procedure that they would need to follow,'' Jenkins said.
The revised statement also includes a new section on student political participation. Students are encouraged to be involved, but will not receive special accommodation from the university to do so.
BYU does not endorse parties, platforms or candidates; it encourages students and employees to participate in the political processes.