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Iowa State Student Senate Against BYU To The Big 12

Cultural differences lead Iowa State Student Senate to oppose BYU’s inclusion into the Big 12.

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The Ames Tribune is reporting a rather unexpected development regarding Big 12 expansion. The Iowa State Student Senate has passed a resolution in opposition to the inclusion of BYU to the Big 12 conference,

Stating that it “believes that BYU’s discriminatory policies and practices are inconsistent with the values of the Big 12 Conference,”and that it “does not support BYU’s membership bid to the Big 12 conference at this time.”

BYU is thought to be the front-runner of potential new members, but several groups have taken issue with the school’s honor code and their stance on sexual orientation.

The Cougar’s honor code does not prevent any LGBT student from attending, but makes it clear that homosexual behavior is not accepted by the school.

Current Big 12 member Baylor, also a private, religious school, used to have a similar policy, but removed it in 2015.

Twenty-five different groups wrote letters to the Big 12 office last month in opposition to the BYU’s inclusion into the conference, and as expansion candidate interviews take place in Dallas this week, it looks like the Big 12 office will receive one more. This time, from an organization within the conference.

“Student Government’s goal is to create a safe and all-inclusive campus where students feel supported to learn, grow and succeed. The Senate finds that Brigham Young University’s Honor Code does not communicate nor reflect the values that The Big XII Conference represents. Therefore, the Senate of Student Government does not support BYU’s membership bid to the Big XII at this time.”

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