K-State students question BYU joining conference


MANHATTAN (KSNT) – For the last several months, sports fans have been wondering which schools will be next to join the Big 12 Conference.

But for students at Kansas State, it isn’t just a question of athletics. It’s also a questions of morals.

“Of course sexuality and all that should be brought to the forefront,” said Keith Weber, a student at Kansas State. “Same with race and all those other things. We can’t just pretend it doesn’t exist because that’s not how change happens.”

Students are taking issue with several paragraphs in the Honor Code at Brigham Young University (BYU). The Utah-based school is affiliated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and a section of the Honor Code addresses a stance on homosexuality not shared by other students.

“It’s not fair to the rest of the Big 12 to join them,” said Bridget Lynch.

“Homosexual behavior is inappropriate and violates the Honor Code,” BYU states in the document given to students. “Homosexual behavior includes not only sexual relations between members of the same sex, but all forms of physical intimacy that give expression to homosexual feelings.”

The preceding paragraph does say “Brigham Young University will respond to homosexual behavior rather than to feelings or attraction and welcomes as full members of the university community all whose behavior meets university standards….One’s stated same-gender attraction is not an Honor Code issue.”

Now, after further discussion between BYU and the conference, the question of should BYU be allowed to join is being debated in the Kansas State Collegian.

Three articles were published in the independent newspaper this week. One of them pointing toward the possibility of a student senate resolution banning BYU from joining.

And K-State SGA would not be alone. The student government at Iowa State filed something similar a few weeks ago.

But this isn’t a cut and dry topic for all students.

“I think K-State shouldn’t let the Mormons or a religion stop them from being a part of the Big 12 because it doesn’t matter, you know, it’s a lot of different religions here on campus,” said Makia Harris.

Lynch said if student government decides to pass a resolution, the school should listen to the students and vote against BYU if they are finalists.

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