BYU updates honor code following student criticism

Students rally April 12 at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, to oppose how the school’s Honor Code Office investigates and disciplines students.

Brigham Young University has updated its honor code process following widespread student criticism that it lacks transparency and compassion.

University officials announced the changes Wednesday. They include following an “innocent until proven guilty” policy and allowing someone to accompany students in honor code meetings. Honor code office director Kevin Utt said the chances are meant to reduce anxiety and misunderstanding among students.

The Utah university mandates that students follow a code that prohibits premarital sex and the consumption of alcohol, coffee and tea, among other rules, to comply with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ health code.

Students began an informal campaign earlier this year to reduce honor code punishments that ban activities common at other colleges including drinking, premarital sex, beards and piercings.

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Officials are searching for a Montana man who went missing in Glacier National Park.

The Daily Inter Lake reported that 66-year-old Mark Sinclair, of Whitefish, was last seen on the Highline Trail on Monday afternoon. Park workers at the Logan Pass Visitor Center saw Sinclair leave his keys and dog at his vehicle at the center’s parking lot.

Rescue crews searched by ground and air for Sinclair on Wednesday. Park officials said search efforts were continuing Thursday.

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The skeleton of a nearly 3-foot-tall cousin of the velociraptor will go on display at the Wyoming Dinosaur Center.

The Rock Springs Rocket-Miner reported that the museum in Thermopolis will open a new permanent exhibit Friday featuring the fossils and a full-size reproduction of the dinosaur informally known as Lori.

Paleontologists discovered Lori, whose scientific name is Hesperornithoides miessleri, in 2001 near Douglas in a formation dating to the late Jurassic period. Center paleontologist Bill Wahl said Lori is the earliest troodontid that has been found in North America.

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Authorities say a body has been recovered from the Colorado River in Grand Canyon National Park and it’s believed to be that of a California man reported missing from a commercial river trip last month.

Park rangers said the body was recovered Wednesday below Lava Falls and transported to the Coconino County Medical Examiner’s office for positive identification. Based on evidence found with the body, park officials said the body appears to be that of Peter Francis Schwab, 66, of Healdsburg, California.

Schwab was last seen June 28 near National Canyon at river mile 167.

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