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THOU SHALT NOT SURF SMUT

YOUNG INTERNET PORN perusers beware: Don't surf through cybersmut at Brigham Young University. You risk expulsion. The Mormon school electronically snoops around its network to see who is visiting Net sex sites.

Browsing through Internet porn is a clear violation of the school's honor code. Students pledge to demonstrate "those moral virtues encompassed in the Gospel of Jesus Christ." Plus, BYU's computer-use policy prohibits porn. Since the school's crackdown began this semester, the worst offenders--10 students caught visiting forbidden sites at least 200 times each--have been kicked out or have voluntarily left the Provo (Utah) university. An additional 191 offenders are undergoing counseling.

The school has banned 100 obvious Net sex sites such as http://www.playboy.com since August. Brigham Young's network automatically generates a warning every time a user logs into an off-limits site, cautioning that the student's status at the university is "in jeopardy."

Other religious-affiliated colleges are more lenient. At St. John's University in Jamaica, N.Y., there's no explicit policy on electronic smut, although staff monitors walk around computer labs to ensure that PCs are being used for educational purposes.EDITED BY LARRY LIGHT, WITH PAUL ENG


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