Memorial Bench Honoring Katy Benoit Built at U of I



Katy Benoit memorial bench will be dedicated Tuesday, August 21.
  • Courtesy University of Idaho
  • This Katy Benoit memorial bench on the Moscow campus of the University of Idaho will be dedicated Tuesday, Aug. 21.

The University of Idaho will mark the beginning of another school year Tuesday, Aug. 21, with the dedication of a permanent memorial to Katy Benoit. The dedication is set on the one-year anniversary of Benoit's death, when she was killed by Ernesto Bustamante, a former professor of Benoit, who had a violent and compulsive relationship with the 22-year-old student. Following Benoit's murder, Bustamanete took his own life.

The U of I set new policies in the wake of the tragedy, including a prohibition of student-faculty relationships, improved sexual harassment training, and new reporting requirements for inappropriate activity occuring on campus.

A granite memorial bench has been built under at canopy of trees at the U of I campus. Engraved in granite are the words: "In memory of Katy's journey, her care for others, her willingness to speak up, and her courage to make a difference."

Additionally, the university has announced plans for what it calls the "Katy Benoit Safety Forum," including a host of on-campus activities for the week of Sept. 19-27.


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