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General Honor Code Statement

We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men...If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.
Brigham Young University exists to provide a university education in an atmosphere consistent with the ideals and principles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This atmosphere is preserved through commitment to conduct that reflects those ideals and principles. Students, staff, and faculty of Brigham Young University are expected to demonstrate in daily living on and off campus their commitment to the BYU Honor Code and all moral virtues encompassed in the gospel of Jesus Christ, and will:

  • Be honest
  • Adhere to the BYU Residential Living Standards
  • Respect others
  • Obey the law and university policy
  • Support others in their commitment to comply with the BYU Honor Code
  • Use clean language
  • Live a chaste and virtuous life
  • Adhere to the BYU Dress and Grooming Standards
  • Abstain from alcoholic beverages, tea, coffee, and substance abuse

Dress and Grooming Standards

The dress and grooming of both men and women should always be modest, neat, and clean, consistent with the dignity of representing Brigham Young University and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Modesty and cleanliness are important values that reflect personal dignity and integrity, through which students, staff, and faculty of BYU represent the principles and standards of the Church. Members of the BYU community commit themselves to observe the standards, which reflect the direction of the BYU Board of Trustees and the Church publication For the Strength of Youth. The BYU Dress and Grooming Standards are as follows:

Clothing should be modest in fabric, fit, and style, and appropriate for the occasion. Clothing should be knee-length or lower. Clothing which is sleeveless, strapless, or revealing is not acceptable. Shoes should be worn in public campus areas. A clean and well-cared-for appearance should be maintained. Hairstyles should be clean and neat, avoiding extreme styles and colors. Men's hair should be trimmed above the collar, leaving the ear uncovered. Earrings for men are unacceptable. Men should be clean shaven. Beards are not acceptable, except for certified medical or religious reasons. If worn, mustaches should be neatly trimmed. Men's sideburns should not extend below the earlobe or out onto the cheek.

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