The BYU Cougars are one of the frontrunners to be added into the Big 12 conference when they expand in the coming months. However, it doesn’t seem like one member school is excited to welcome the team in.
The Iowa State student senate released a statement disapproving of BYU’s inclusion into the conference. They claimed that the school’s Student Code of Conduct does not reflect the values of the Big 12.
The senate joined more than two dozen other LGBTQ advocacy groups that wrote a letter to Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby and the league’s school presidents that criticize BYU’s code of conduct, which prohibits “homosexual behavior.”
“Student Government’s goal is to create a safe and all-inclusive campus where students feel supported to learn, grow and succeed. The Senate finds that Brigham Young University’s Honor Code does not communicate nor reflect the values that The Big XII Conference represents. Therefore, the Senate of Student Government does not support BYU’s membership bid to the Big XII at this time,” the student senate said in a released statement.
BYU is well-known for its Mormon founding and values, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise the school frowns upon same-sex relations. It will certainly be interesting to see how the Cougars react to this statement from a school that could very well be in playing alongside them in the near future.