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BYU student was wronged

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As an alumnus of Brigham Young University, I am disappointed and embarrassed by the university's decision to suspend Julie Stoffer, a cast member of MTV's "The Real World." A letter from BYU indicates she was suspended for "relationships with members of the opposite sex" because she lived in a house with four men and two other women. She insists she stayed true to her morals, and the footage from cameras that filmed her 24 hours a day supports that.

High-profile athletes at BYU have avoided suspensions despite committing more serious "sins." A football player charged with felony burglary and theft in May and another football player charged with shoplifting in 1998 were never kicked out of school, although both were suspended from the football team. Yet Julie, whose father says she could receive an LDS temple recommend, is suspended for a year?

BYU officials also admit the standards office never bothered to watch the show. Why wouldn't the university want to gather as much information as possible, particularly in light of such a severe verdict?

While I agree some punishment was necessary, a yearlong suspension seems unduly harsh, particularly considering how she has represented her LDS Church values and defended and explained her religion to millions of TV viewers.

Brian West