BYU Stands Up For Standards

By now you’ve probably heard about Brigham Young University’s decision to dismiss aspiring athlete Brandon Davies from its basketball team because of a violation of the honor code. Davies admitted to having sexual relations with his girlfriend which disobeys the honor code rule to “live a chaste and virtuous life.” The BYU honor code includes the following:

  • Be honest
  • Live a chaste and virtuous life
  • Obey the law and all campus policies
  • Use clean language
  • Respect others
  • Abstain from alcoholic beverages, tobacco, tea, coffee, and substance abuse
  • Participate regularly in church services
  • Observe the Dress and Grooming Standards
  • Encourage others in their commitment to comply with the Honor Code

Initially I read about this and pretty much disregarded it. It’s no secret that BYU, a private university, has very high standards. Then I saw all of the press this was getting. I immediately turned on defense mode. You see, I’m Mormon myself, and the vast number of people that are misinformed about Mormons is overwhelming, so we’re not always reflected in the best or most “normal” light.

This time was different. As I saw each report I realized that many of them weren’t focusing on the standards in the honor code, but the fact that BYU actually upholds them. Bravo, BYU.

Looking through the list on the honor code, I’m pleased to know that BYU doesn’t back down when people infringe upon it. Applying the first principle to myself, I have to admit a sense of longing when reading and hearing about BYU recently.

Ever since I  was around 7 and got a BYU cheerleader Barbie doll, my dream was to go to one of the three BYU schools: Provo, UT; Rexburg, ID; or Hawaii. A friend that went to BYU gave me a tour of the campus when I was 13 and I fell head-over-heels in love. When it came down to apply for college I applied to three schools: BYU, BYU-Idaho, and UNK. I was accepted to all three and given scholarships to all three but in the end, Kearney won because of cost. I don’t regret my decision in the slightest but there are times when I wonder, “What if?”

I wish more people understood Mormons. Yes, we use electricity and, no, we don’t have multiple wives. If I had a nickel for all of the misinformed people that have asked me strange questions about Mormonism, I would have had enough money to attend BYU. I guess that’s why they say ignorance is bliss. Thinking Mormons are weird is more fun than realizing the truth.



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4 responses to “BYU Stands Up For Standards

  • kristenfriesen

    My husband is a pastor in Grand Island, so I think I understand a little bit of how you feel or how others perceive you because you hold fast to your faith. Anyway, he attended an equally strict college — Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. I remember going to visit him and feeling frustrated because we couldn’t watch a movie in the theaters (considered immoral by enough donors, I suppose). Scott and I watch movies all the time now, but he really tried to uphold even the most rigid rules because he believed in the honor system. He once told me that he considered “obeying even stupid rules” to be training for a life of discipline, and I respect that. I’m certainly not equating movies to premarital sex, but the scenario gives me a window into the story. For the record, I’m glad BYU stuck to their guns as well.

  • jeffbabl

    I’m glad BYU stuck with the decision to suspend him and not chicken out by outside pressure. It showed BYU truely sticks to its’ honor code and is a institution that is miles ahead of the rest.

  • Ralph Hanson

    I lectured at BYU a couple of years ago and was really impressed by both the faculty and the students. One thing I like about it is that although it is more expensive than public schools, it is much cheaper than most private schools.

  • Melississippi

    I loved the “if I had a nickel” comment. Isn’t that the truth! It’s entertaining to be LDS.

    I think I’ve actually liked how the school didn’t bend for an athlete. Living in Oregon, and LOVING U of O, I am used to athlete scandal. In 2009, one football player was suspended for fighting. He was a barbarian. And U of O brought him back. BYU has TIGHT rules, and didn’t bend. I appreciate the integrity. Much more than the strict rules. If more schools stood by their honor code, their alumni might be more…honorable.

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