You can read the 300-page GRACE report here.
Furthermore, we created an easier-to-remember shortlink: tiny.cc/GRACEREPORT
After spending two years waiting for a report on its response to sexual abuse, and after spending untold sums paying GRACE for the service (including paying for room, board and travel for victims), you would think BJU would be invested in having the report widely read. However, if anything can be gleaned from BJU’s webpage on the report and from its social media accounts, the school would much prefer you read its own account of events rather than the report itself.
This morning, a reader alerted us to the fact that he hadn’t seen BJU publish a link to the report itself at any time:
After some research, we found that this person is correct. While BJU was happy to announce the release of the report and took pains to trumpet its response, nowhere in any of its social media feeds did it include a link to the report itself. Clearly, the BJU PR team has been focused on pointing readers to its own carefully-constructed response and on taking advantage of the report’s intimidating length–300 pages–to further encourage ignorance of its actual contents.
A link to the GRACE website–but not the report–is indeed included on BJU’s GRACE webpage–but it’s buried so deeply, one wonders whether the school is merely fulfilling a requirement by posting it (which, as another astute reader pointed out, may very well be the case). The steps to finding the GRACE site on BJU’s page are as follows (via our helpful tipster):
1) Scroll to the very bottom on the page
2) Click on “Grace Report”
3) Scroll halfway through the page with all of BJU’s timelines, etc.
4) Select Process in the FAQ’s
5) Select will Grace report of its findings be released to the public,
6) Select the link to GRACE
Note that even this link, buried many steps under BJU’s own account and response to the report, doesn’t lead directly to the report itself. It merely points to GRACE’s main website, which contains no link we could find to the report. In short, BJU only included one nearly impossible to find external link to GRACE in the entirety of its online presence, and that link doesn’t even easily lead to the report itself.
Also note that news of the report, surely one of the most significant events in the past decade for the school, is barely visible on the school’s homepage. Despite containing evidence of decades of systemic failure on BJU’s part and despite coverage from dozens of major media outlets, BJU just isn’t interested in anyone reading the actual words of the GRACE report.