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FreeBYU’s complaint to be presented to NWCCU Evaluation Committee; BYU refuses to release meeting schedule for campus visit
7 April 2015 — In March 2015, FreeBYU sent a formal complaint to The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) regarding Brigham Young University’s lack of academic and intellectual freedom. The complaint outlines BYU’s violation of NWCCU Standards 2.A.15, 2.A.19, 2.A.23, 2.A.27, and 2.A.28 for academic accreditation. FreeBYU also sent a compilation of over 230 Third Party Comments (TPCs) from BYU students, alumni, professors, former professors, and members of the community who support the FreeBYU mission to bring religious freedom to all BYU students.
This week, the NWCCU formally acknowledged that it received both the FreeBYU complaint and the 230-plus TPCs. Furthermore, the NWCCU confirmed that the complaint will be provided to the chair of BYU’s Spring 2015 Year Seven Mission Fulfillment and Sustainability Evaluation, which will then be reviewed by the Evaluation Committee.
The NWCCU has promised to send a further update regarding the results of its investigation after the Commission’s June 24-26 meeting.
FreeBYU asked to meet with members of the NWCCU Evaluation Committee during their visit to BYU planned for the 15-17th of April. On April 4th, however, BYU Academic Vice President Brent Webb refused to share the visit schedule, alleging that “meetings with the NWCCU evaluation committee are not open to the public”.