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PHOTOS: Hundreds Protest BYU Honor Code Office

Apr 12, 2019

Sidney Draughon, celebrates and challenges her alma mater, Brigham Young University.
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Hundreds of people turned out to protest Friday on the campus of Brigham Young University in Provo. The school is sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Sidney Draughon addresses the crowd of students and protesters.
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Demonstrators want the university to reform its controversial Honor Code system, which prohibits students from drinking, smoking, having premarital sex and which includes strict grooming and modesty guidelines.

In a call and response chant, students yelled: “God forgives me, why can’t you?”

Anne Foley, wearing tape covering her mouth with the words “restore honor” written on it, says she came to support friends.
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Students say the code is not being enforced in a Christ-centered way, and they’re writing letters to administrators demanding that they change how the code is enforced. 

Protesters gather with signs at BYU to challenge and reform the school’s honor code.
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Grant Frazier, member of the BYU Democrats Club, rallies up the group of protesters with chants.
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Some students watch and criticize the protest from a distance.
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Sidney Draughon, creator of the Honor Code Stories Instagram account that shares students experiences with the honor code, has a tear-filled moment before speaking to the crowd.
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Sidney Draughon shares a moment with her mother, Bonnie Draughon, who helped give her the courage to start the Honor Code Stories Instagram account. On the account, Sidney shares her own personal experience with the Honor Code Office as well as many other students, anonymously.
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BYU student, Joseph Smith, fires up the crowd.
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Matt Easton, a senior at Brigham Young University, holding his handmade sign during a protest seeking to reform the school’s honor code.
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Protesters gather with signs at BYU to challenge and reform the school’s honor code.
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Sidney Draughon addresses the crowd of students and protesters.
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