Bob Jones University Doesn’t Want You to Read the GRACE Report

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.

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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.

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3 thoughts on “Bob Jones University Doesn’t Want You to Read the GRACE Report

  1. A. James

    Now that BJU has been contacted and asked to appease this nit-picking so things of substance might be addressed…. There. There are now at least 4 direct links to the report. Is that good enough? Do we need five to meet someone’s standard of righteousness?

    I, and other “semi-disaffected” people I know, have tried our darndest to be objective in listening to all the criticisms and in joining critics on almost every level of GRACE, but this is getting ridiculous.

    They have had the GRACE website as a natural link through all of these months. They aren’t changing their modus operandi. The GRACE link is on the PR release page (the press release link still easily visible on the BJU main GRACE page) and, as said, on another page under the questions. It was referenced on the Facebook page.

    The GRACE site has it all. It is the best reference as it has all of the other updates from the very beginning of the GRACE journey. If I were linking to a document here at BJU News, I’d send someone to the site in order to have the whole context available.

    Any one in the know has been clicking on the GRACE website ANYway to keep up with the most current GRACE info. It’s the best place to go for the FULL information available from GRACE. Who needs a “helpful tipster” much less a detective. If one by now didn’t already have the GRACE site bookmarked and ready to access (since anything posted is posted there first as BJU has readily stated in months past), where have they BEEN?

    ” 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.”

    Oh, PLEASE. Clearly. If anyone remains ignorant it is NOT BJU’s fault. “Further encourage ignorance.” *&^^%$%^&!!!!!! You don’t go to the great lengths they have gone to in order to encourage IGNORANCE. Any one ignorant at this point is ignorant from their own making.

    I AM focused on the report AND their “own carefully-constructed response” (which for all reasonable, practical and legal reasons ought to be carefully constructed)…and their response is what I’m after when I go to their site. I already KNOW where the report is and can be obtained with their link.

    Clearly, the critics are focused on something besides substance to distract from the real issues.
    If we’re going to go this route, maybe we should dare to criticize the GRACE website on such petty issues. Where’s a banner or the flashing font in order to find the final report on one of their THREE investigations–their biggest of all time? Where’s the side blurb that was just there for a day or two or so? Clearly they don’t want to aid the victims’ cause because one has to click and click to find the final report. Right? Wrong.

    “and on taking advantage of the report’s intimidating length–300 pages”…that doesn’t even make sense. Are you saying the report is too long? Too intimidating for us? That people are too lazy to go read it? Blaming BJU for this?

    “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.”
    It was prominent for several DAYS in the same spot all other current news always is…and as USUAL they place current events news first as earlier events continue down! This is unreasonable.

    “BJU just isn’t interested in anyone reading the actual words of the GRACE report.”
    *&%^$$#!!!!!!! They would have never hired or rehired GRACE in the first place knowing there WOULD be a public report to read and would have never provided continual updates if they were in serious avoidance of people reading it. There is no hiding of any report by BJU (as if it could be hid), quite the opposite. They are making every EFFORT to acknowledge and address the event.

    Again, BJU has been contacted and has made changes…in some ways they I wish they hadn’t…some people will never be pleased anyway…how far do we go…but during such a volatile time so that real issues can be addressed by all sides…I’m cool.

    This is so nonsensical I can’t believe I have wasted the keystrokes on it when I should be listing and calling in all the reasons they should be going beyond the GRACE report with “personnel action”.

    If they didn’t want people seeing the report, they wouldn’t have allowed the site link up in the first place…just like…oh, anyway…

    For a battle some lose a war…

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