On April 15th, 2015 six board members from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities met with over 100 current and former Brigham Young University students to get the most authentic feedback possible regarding religious and academic freedom at BYU — without the administration present.
The full audio recording of this meeting can be accessed below (warning: audio quality is sub-optimal). For a recap of the meeting, check out this thread on Reddit, along with this thread. And here is a link to the transcript of the student commentary.
At present, if an LDS BYU student loses their religious faith while at BYU, they are at risk of being kicked out of the university, with additional risk of losing their job, their housing, and up to several years of academic credit.
As the LDS Church continues to emphasize the importance of Religious Freedom, it is worth asking whether or not the LDS Church grants religious freedom to its own students at BYU — since most students who lose their faith do not choose it. Instead, for many, a loss of faith is often the result of sincere academic study. It is also worth noting that one’s status at BYU is not jeopardized in any way if he/she coverts INTO the LDS Church while a BYU student….only if he/she converts away from the LDS church. To many, this feels like hypocrisy.
For more reporting on the meeting, see here.