BYU Faces Federal Complaint Over Claim It's Punishing A Rape Victim. "A Brigham Young University student has filed a federal complaint against the school for putting her on academic hold and failing to help her withdraw from classes after she reported being raped to police. Barney reported to city police in September 2015 that she was sexually assaulted off-campus by Nasiru Seidu, a 39-year-old man who is not a BYU student and who is expected to face trial later this year over the rape charges. Although Barney says she did not report what happened to BYU, the school contacted her in late November after getting a copy of a police report related to her case. In an email obtained by HuffPost, the school told Barney the police report provided "information that you have engaged in behavior that violates the BYU Honor Code." The Mormon-owned school has a notoriously strict code of conduct that requires chastity, "clean language," and abstaining from drugs, alcohol, tobacco, tea and coffee, among other things. Barney says the school has not disclosed what rule she broke, but has nonetheless placed her on academic hold, meaning she can't register for classes and will either have to leave or allow the school to conduct a formal review over the alleged honor code violation. According to court records, BYU obtained a copy of Barney's police report because Edwin Randolph, a sheriff's deputy and a former women's track coach at BYU, provided it to the school without Barney's consent or knowledge. It's unclear why Randolph would do this. Prosecutors claim he was friends with Seidu, the alleged assailant, and accused him in February of handing over the case file in order to get Barney punished by her school. The charges of witness retaliation were later dropped. Randolph's attorney has denied that Randolph was friends with Seidu and released a statement on Friday saying the sheriff's deputy did not intend to punish Barney. According to the statement, Randolph actually wanted BYU to investigate male athletes for honor code violations or for victimizing women. Yet Barney told HuffPost there's nothing in her case file relating to athletes."