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BYU announces Honor Code changes, including identifying who reported the violation

PROVO, Utah — Brigham Young University has notified students about three major changes to its Honor Code office, which enforces the standards regarding chastity, abstinence, drugs  and alcohol, dress and grooming and other standards students are required to adhere to in order to remain in good standing with the school.

A message to students from Honor Code Office director Kevin Utt summed up the changes:

  • You will know at the start of our first meeting why we have asked you to come to the Honor Code Office and the nature of the reported violation. If you are self-reporting, we want you to have a clear understanding of what we need to know to help you remain in, or return to, good standing within the university. I want to reiterate that you will NOT be presumed in violation of an Honor Code policy unless you either accept responsibility or the investigation process makes such a determination.
  • As part of our process, you will be told the name of the person who has reported the violation, except in situations where it is a matter of safety to a member of our campus community.
  • From the first meeting with us, you will be given an explanation regarding what the investigation process entails and support resources that are available to you as you participate in the process. This includes an explanation of the steps we will take to find information that corroborates or disputes the original report; the preponderance of evidence standard that universities use; and the possible outcomes if found responsible for the policy violation.

Earlier this year, an Instagram account dedicated to sharing BYU students’ negative experiences with the Honor Code office began to gain thousands of followers.

Last month, some BYU students organized a sit-in at the Honor Code office to call for changes in the office.

This is a developing story. Watch FOX 13 for updates.

70-year-old graduates from BYU film school

PROVO, Utah – At 70 years young, Rick Chestnut is proud to call himself a college graduate, finishing film school nearly five decades after he started.

“By this tree over here,” Rick Chestnut can be heard directing his wife, Jill, as he picked up a camera attached to a tripod.

“Ready? Alright?” He said to her as he adjusted the lens and begins to film.

At 70-years old, Rick Chestnut is standing exactly where he wants to be.

“At my age, I don’t worry about the challenges as much, maybe that’s one of the advantages of being older, you’re not intimidated by the odds,” Rick said.

For decades, standing behind the camera was just a dream.

“I prefer being behind the camera, there’s no doubt about that,” Rick laughed as he stood in front of our FOX 13 camera.

Friday, one major achievement, turned that dream into a reality – graduating from BYU’s film school.

“It’s never too late to be what you could have been,” Rick said.

Deciding to return to school at the age of 67, proved to be a challenge for Rick.

“He had never even done a quiz online,” said Jill, Rick’s wife.

“I got very discouraged,” Rick said. “There were times when I’d come out of a class and thought, ‘I can’t do this, it’s over.’”

Yet, through every hardship, he persevered because, for the first time in decades, it was for him.

“I realized, ‘No, I’ve got to stick in here, I’ve got to do it,’” he said.

Nearly 50 years ago, Rick dropped out of college to serve our country in Vietnam.

Upon his return, he found his way to BYU. But soon after, his focus shifted to his wife and family. He started his career as an electrician, but always kept a toe dipped in the film industry – working as an assistant cameraman on various local films.

Five years after he retired at the age of 62, he found his way back to BYU with a little encouragement from his wife.

“My idea, in the beginning, was he should just take a couple of classes,” Jill said. “Then the next thing I know, he comes home after he had gone to BYU and he said, ‘You know, I think I could get a degree in this,’” Jill laughed.

Jill saw a difference in her husband immediately, “He cared so much more than he did when he was young, I think that’s the difference, I don’t know if the schools have really changed, but he has.”

Now, with a new degree in tow, Rick hopes his journey can inspire others – no matter how old they are.

“Our bodies age, but inside, our spirits are still young,” said Rick. “We still have the ability to do unbelievable things, so why give all of that up? Why give all of that up before you need to?”

“We think sometimes that something’s over for us, but in reality, life’s still there, there’s lots of opportunity before us,” he added.

Rick is currently working to develop some of the projects he started in film school, he is also working to finish a project he started decades ago.