Mormon's BYU bars use of R-rated movies

Posted: Friday, December 27, 2002

PROVO, Utah (AP) -- After years of discussion, Brigham Young University has formalized a policy to ensure classroom study is rated PG-13.

Professors at the Mormon-owned private university this semester started following a policy that discourages showing R-rated movies in classes.

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are counseled by church leaders to avoid films with excessive gore, violence, profanity or nudity.

The guidelines say faculty should not ''require students to view unedited R-rated movies, as a matter not simply of content but of obedience to prophetic counsel.''

The two-page statement urges professors to pick films, books, poems, paintings, music and sculptures that are ''appropriate to BYU's mission and teach them in ways that invite the spirit of God into the classroom.''

BYU spokeswoman Carri P. Jenkins said faculty won't be disciplined if they don't adhere to the guidelines.

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