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.