Honor Code Policies and Procedures
Student Cultural Beliefs
Do Right: I honor my commitments. (D&C 42:13)
Support Each Other: I help others reach their full eternal potential. (D&C 82:19)
Value Others: I respect different viewpoints, cultures, and contributions. (D&C 38:23-24)
Counsel Together: I learn from others and add to a culture of learning by study and by faith. (D&C 88:118, 123)
Be Accountable: I take responsibility for my obligations. (D&C 107:99-100)
Measure Success: I seek and use honest appraisal for life-long improvement. (2 Ne 28:30)
All students are required to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the Honor Code. In addition, students may not influence or seek to influence others to engage in behavior inconsistent with the Honor Code. The principles of the Honor Code are demonstrated in College policy, some of which are listed below.
Apostasy: Personal apostasy occurs when we abandon and forsake the principles of the gospel and willingly pursue a path contrary to those espoused by the Church. When this course is pursued, a student withdraws himself from the Spirit of the Lord, and the blessings of heaven are withheld. Living the Honor Code helps students settle and anchor their lives on principles, precepts, and practices that will build and maintain a testimony of the Savior and His Church. Students who openly oppose the Church, its doctrine, practices, and leadership violate the Honor Code. (2 Ne 27:1; 2 Ne 28:14; Alma 24:30; Morm 6: 17-20; Morm 8:33-37; Teachings of the Presidents of the Church – Joseph Smith, chapter 27; Preach My Gospel, page 33.)
Church Attendance: Tithing dollars fund the majority of a student’s education at LDS Business College, and admission is reserved primarily for those who adhere to the principles and practices of the Church. The educational experience at the College should augment and enhance righteous worship. Students must attend weekly Church meetings in order to receive an ecclesiastical endorsement from their bishop and continue as a student. (Ex 20:8-11; Heb 10:25; Alma 6:6; Moro 6:6; D&C 59:9-19; “A Prophet’s Counsel and Prayer for Youth,” President Gordon B. Hinckley, New Era, Jan. 2001)
Dress and Grooming: Dress and grooming affects how students and those around them think, behave, and learn. Students show respect by their grooming; therefore, students should wear clean, modest clothing that brings honor to themselves and the College. Clothing should not include wording, symbols, artwork or other references that are vulgar, offensive, crude, immoral, or gang-related. Women should be neat, comely and modest in their attire. Dresses should have sleeves, full backs, reach at least to the knee (even with leggings), and have a high enough neckline so as not to reveal cleavage. Cutoffs, if worn, should reach at least the knee. Blouses should have sleeves, high enough necklines so as not to reveal cleavage, and be long enough to keep the midriff from exposure as the student sits, walks, and bends. Clothing that has holes or ragged tears is inappropriate. Men should be neat and modest in their attire. Shirts must be worn and should have sleeves. Cutoffs, if worn, should reach at least the knee. Exposed underwear is unwelcomed and inappropriate. Clothing that has holes or ragged tears is inappropriate. (Gen 41:14; 1 Cor 3:16-17; Rise Up, O Men of God, President Gordon B. Hinckley, Ensign, Nov. 2006, 60; A Prophet’s Counsel and Prayer for Youth, President Gordon B. Hinckley, New Era, Jan. 2001; Standards of Dress and Grooming, Elder Dallin H. Oaks,New Era, Dec. 1971)
- Hair Styles: Hair styles should reflect the standards espoused by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Bizarre or unusual hair styles or coloring violate the dress and grooming standards. Dreadlocks, mohawks, fauxhawks or other unusual hair styles are not allowed except in cases where such styles are strongly cultural. Such exceptions must be cleared with the Honor Code Office. Men are to have hair cut so as to be off the collar and off the ears.
- Facial Hair: Faces should be clean-shaven with sideburns no lower than the bottom of the ear; muttonchops are not allowed. Moustaches are allowed but should not extend below the corners of the mouth. Soul patches and goatees are not allowed.
- Piercings: Women who desire to have their ears pierced should wear only one pair of modest earrings. Men should not wear earrings. Other body piercings for men or women are inappropriate.
- Tattoos: The body is holy and God’s creation and should not be disfigured; therefore, the Honor Code prohibits getting or displaying tattoos. Tattoos that portray satanic, violent, hateful, lewd themes may not be displayed under any circumstance. Students with previously acquired tattoos must cover them at all times.
- Hats: LDS Business College is a dedicated building. Out of respect for that status and as a courtesy to faculty and classmates, students are requested not to wear hats in classrooms. Hats with inappropriate language or symbols, or that imply gang membership, violate the College’s dress and grooming standards.
Disruptive Behavior: LDS Business College provides a wholesome academic, cultural, social, and spiritual environment for students. Individuals who disrupt this environment by behavior, intimidation, threats, or violence directed toward the institution, its employees, students, guests, or others using LDS Business College facilities are in violation of the Honor Code. This includes behavior that results in concern for an individual’s welfare (including threats or attempts to commit suicide), the welfare of others, or if the behavior hinders others from being able to perform or be productive in their respective educational goals. Such acts or behaviors are incompatible with general health and safety practices, the mission of LDS Business College, the Honor Code, and the principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ. (1 Samuel 2:3; D&C 82:9)
- Electronic Devices: Electronic devices (iPods, cell phones, mp3 players, etc.) should be used in such a way as to not interfere with or disrupt the learning process or environment.
Honesty: Honesty in speech and behavior is a fundamental principle upon which integrity is built. Students’ reputations depend on their ability to speak and act truthfully, and without guile. (Ex 20:16; Prov 15:4; Rom 13:13; James 3:1-18; Alma 27:27; D&C 51:9)
- Academic Honesty: Students do their own work and stand on the merits of their own efforts. Crib notes, copying others’ work, plagiarism (defined as portraying another’s words as one’s own), or cheating in any way constitute a breach of the Honor Code. Faculty members impose penalties that affect grades for academic dishonesty. Violations that are deliberate, egregious, and/or repetitive are referred to the Honor Code Office for action that affects the student’s standing with the College.
- Document Forgery: Students are honest and true, even in the face of what may appear to be dire individual situations. Students who forge documents and submit them to campus personnel or offices, or use them for federal financial aid, or to satisfy international student regulations, or for any other College-related businesses or enterprises violate College standards.
- Electronic Devices: Students avoid even the appearance of cheating; therefore the use of electronic devices (cell phones, iPods, MP3 players, digital cameras, etc.) during tests, quizzes, or other restricted academic activities violates the Honor Code.
- Lying to Campus Officials: Statements or actions made with the intent to deceive constitute a lie, undermine trust, and are considered a violation of the Honor Code.
Housing: LDS Business College is committed to provide a safe environment where the Spirit may reside. Likewise, students should strive to create and maintain such an environment in their residences; therefore, members of the opposite sex are not permitted in a student’s bedroom area at any time. The use of the bathroom areas by members of the opposite sex is not appropriate unless emergency or civility dictates otherwise and then only if the safety, privacy, and sensitivity of other residents are not jeopardized. Also, no overnight guests of the opposite sex are permitted at any time. All students are required to conduct themselves in their housing in a manner consistent with the principles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Honor Code including observance of the Word of Wisdom, avoidance of gambling; pornographic, erotic, or indecent material; disorderly, obscene, or indecent conduct or expressions; or other offensive materials, expressions, or conduct or disruption of the peace that, in the discretion and judgment of the College, is inconsistent with the principles of the Church and the LDS Business College Honor Code. All students are required to know the Dress and Grooming Standards and abide by them. (1 Cor 6:18-20; Mosiah 18:9; D&C 38:42; D&C 88:119; For the Strength of Youth, p. 26; www.lds.org: Answers to Questions: Chastity)
Language: Proper language edifies and lifts the thoughts and character of the person speaking and helps others reach their full eternal potential; therefore, language that takes the name of God in vain, is crude, vulgar, insulting or demeaning is not consistent with the standards of LDS Business College students. (Ex 20:7; Prov. 16:27; Mark 7:18-23; Eph 4:29; James 3:2-13; Moses 6:6; “I Am Clean,” President Gordon B. Hinckley, Ensign, May 2007; “A Prophet’s Counsel and Prayer for Youth,” President Gordon B. Hinckley, New Era, Jan. 2001; “President Kimball Speaks Out on Profanity,” President Spencer W. Kimball, Ensign, Feb. 1981)
- Slurs: The Honor Code helps students value and develop love for others so that students, faculty and staff might be “of one heart and one mind;” therefore, disparaging remarks concerning those of another race, creed, nationality, gender, or situation violate the spirit and intent of the Honor Code. (John 13: 34-35; 1 Ne 17:35; Mosiah 27:4; Moses 7:18; D&C 1:35; D&C 18:10; D&C 38:25; D&C 109:43; LDS Business College Cultural Beliefs: Value Others; “The Need for Greater Kindness,” President Gordon B. Hinckley, Ensign, May 2006; “Doctrine of Inclusion,” Elder M. Russell Ballard, Ensign, Jan. 2002)
- Harassment/Intimidation/Hazing: The College strives to foster an environment of mutual respect. Students at LDS Business College are expected to treat others in a way that contributes to the well-being of the College’s community and its members. Therefore, all forms of harassment (verbal, physical, mental or sexual), hazing, intimidation, exploitation, or behavior that threaten or endanger the health and safety of others are in violation of the honor code and contrary to the principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Such behavior will subject any participants to disciplinary sanction as well as possible criminal action. (Ps 35:14; John 13:34-35; Rom 12:10)
Laws of the Land: Students who obey the Honor Code have no need to break the laws of the land; therefore, any violation of local, state, or federal laws may result in legal proceedings and will bring appropriate action by the College. LDS Business College honors and sustains the law and will not intercede for students who break the law. Areas of particular concern include possession of illegal drugs, possession of tobacco for those under 19, underage drinking, furnishing or supplying alcohol to a minor (under 21), delinquency, and vandalism. (Article of Faith 1:12; D&C 58:21-22; D&C 134:5; “The Rule of Law,” President Marion G. Romney, Ensign, Feb. 1973; “Obeying the Right Voice,” President N. Eldon Tanner, Ensign, Nov. 1977)
Network Misuse: Through the resources of tithing and student tuition, the Church provides technological resources to prepare students to provide for their families and be in a position to serve in the Church. To misuse the computer network for personal gain, degrading communication, disruption of the educational process, or other inappropriate uses violates the spirit of the Honor Code. (D&C 51:19; D&C 52:16; D&C 72:3-4; D&C 88:78; D&C 104:14, 55-56; D&C 124:116)
Virtuous Living: Virtuous living purifies students and protects them from the sins of the world. Virtuous students maintain self respect and remain close to the Spirit. Students who engage in vulgar or demeaning language, view or listen to degrading media, engage in sexual relations outside the bonds of marriage, or pursue activities that are not wholesome violate the spirit of the Honor Code. Virtuous living means having strength to perform regular tasks such as prayer, consistent study of the scriptures, attending church meetings, partaking of the sacrament, keeping the Sabbath day holy, fasting, timely payment of financial obligations, paying an honest tithe, adherence to the Word of Wisdom, and faithful observance of the law of chastity. (Phil 4:7; Alma 5:14; Mosiah 5:2; D&C 121:45; Articles of Faith 1:13; First Presidency Message, Strength of Youth pamphlet; “True to the Faith,” Gordon B. Hinckley, BYU Devotional, Sept. 18, 2007)
- Law of Chastity: The law of chastity is a protection against the forces of evil and a preparation for eternal marriage and family. The law of chastity includes having virtuous and holy thoughts, emotions, desires and behavior that leads to sexual purity. As students live the law of chastity the Lord’s richest blessings of protection and preparation will be theirs. Students who violate the law of chastity drive away the Spirit from themselves and affect those around them. (Ps 24:4; Isa 52:11; Gal 5:16; James 1:27; Jacob 2:31-35; Alma 39:5; D&C 46:33; D&C 88:86; D&C 121:45; “A Chaste and Virtuous Life: The Power of the Law of Chastity,” Kim and Sue Clark, BYU-Idaho Devotional, Jan. 9, 2007; “The Family: A Proclamation to the World”)
- Pornography: Pornography is defined as any immodest, unchaste, vulgar, suggestive, offensive, or inappropriate material that appeals to prurient interests, is designed to sexually arouse, or objectifies people. Participation in any form of pornography drives away the Spirit and negates a student’s contributions to the LDS Business College learning community. Such material may be in many forms, including printed text, photographs, live persons, internet, books, magazines, movies, videos, television, electronic images, inappropriate telephone conversations, music, and theatrical presentations. (Phil 4:13; 1 Tim 3:2; 1 Ne 26:22; 3 Ne 13:22-2; D&C 88:67; “A Tragic Evil Among Us,” President Gordon B. Hinckley, Ensign, Nov. 2004; “Pornography, a Deadly Carrier,” President Thomas S. Monson, Ensign, July 2001; “Out of Darkness, Into His Marvelous Light,” Elder Robert D. Hales, Ensign, May 2002; “Pornography,” Elder Dallin H. Oaks, Ensign, May 2005; See also www.combatingpornography.lds.org)
- Homosexuality: Sexual relations are proper only between husband and wife when appropriately expressed within the bonds of marriage. Same-gender relationships are inconsistent with this divine plan. Students of the same gender should not hold hands, kiss, date, access homosexual pornographic sites, communicate on gay chat lines, participate in gay rallies, frequent gay gatherings, or encourage others to participate in those activities. The First Presidency clearly distinguishes between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. LDS Business College responds to student behavior and not to feelings or orientation. (“God Loveth His Children,” Church pamphlet 2007, “Same-Gender Attraction” Elder Dallin H. Oaks, Ensign, Oct. 1995, Newsroom-Public Issues, Same–Gender Attraction.)
- Lewdness: Talk or behavior that centers on the tawdry and/or unchaste damages a person’s sensitivity to the Spirit. It dirties the mind and sows the first seeds of immorality. Such behavior is inconsistent with the standards of the Honor Code. Students should not participate in vulgar speech and expression nor speak casually of sexual immorality. (Matt 15:17-20; Mosiah 4: 29-30; “Sanctify Yourselves,” Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, Ensign, Nov. 2000; The Miracle of Forgiveness, President Spencer W. Kimball, , 228)
- Necking/Petting– Necking and petting includes passionate kissing, lying on top of each other, and touching the private, sacred parts of another person’s body, with or without clothing. Intimate contact and passionate kissing arouse powerful emotions that must be expressed only in marriage. For those students who are single and dating, careful planning and constructive activities help prevent situations that lead to inappropriate physical contact. Avoid sexual thoughts and discussions. Do not allow anyone to engage in inappropriate physical contact with you. Do not arouse those emotions in your own body. (Matt 5:27-28; Rom 1:24; Jacob 2:28; D&C 46:33; “The Message: The Law of Chastity,” President Ezra Taft Benson, Strength of Youth; “President Kimball Speaks Out on Morality,” President Spencer W. Kimball, New Era, Nov. 1980)
Weapons: The Spirit of the Lord magnifies our ability to study and learn. A necessary condition for the Spirit to be present is a feeling of safety and peace. The presence of a weapon on campus does not engender a feeling of peace in others. The College does not allow weapons on campus, even when granted a civil permit to carry one. Weapons, defined as firearms or weapons, include any device that can expel a projectile, knives, explosives, or other items that in their intended use are capable of inflicting serious injury. Because these items pose a clear risk to the persons and property on the LDS Business College campus, violation of this policy may result in suspension (separation) from the College, and/or up to a $300 College fine. (Alma 24:15-19; Hel 5:51; D&C 97:21; D&C 121:34-45)
Word of Wisdom: The Word of Wisdom was revealed as a protection to keep both mind and body clean and clear. Students who use alcohol, tobacco, coffee, or tea, or who misuse drugs violate the honor code. Additionally, improper use of these substances may violate federal, state, and local laws. (Prov 20:1; Dan 1:8-17; 1 Cor 3:17; D&C 89; Strength of Youth pamphlet)
Students are expected to be honest in all academic work and to help others fulfill the same responsibility. Violations of academic honesty include, but are not limited to:
- Cheating – giving or receiving unauthorized help during an examination.
- Altering without authorization any grade record or any test or assignment after submission for grading.
- Submitting as one’s own academic assignment the work of someone else, or knowingly allowing one’s own academic work to be submitted by someone else.
- Plagiarizing – claiming the language, ideas, or structure of another as one’s own either by
- Failing to cite the source of quoted or paraphrased passages or
- Failing to distinguish clearly between one’s own language and the language of a cited source through the proper use of quotation marks or attribution.
- Knowingly giving false information.
- Misusing College software. Computer software is provided for student use only on campus computers. It is unethical, illegal, and a breach of academic honesty and of the Honor Code to make and/or to use unauthorized copies of College software.
- Unlawfully copying and using copyrighted materials, including photocopying of textbooks.
- Condoning or participating in violations by other students.
When in doubt about permissible uses of material in written, oral or computer-based work, students should consult with the Directory of Library and Information Resources.
When an instructor feels that a student has violated the Honor Code in regard to academic honesty, the instructor is obligated by College policy to confront the student. If the violation is confirmed, the instructor must give the student a grade of "E" on the exam or assignment and submit a report to the Dean of Students. If there is a previous violation in the student’s records, further action will be taken. Possible consequences of violations of academic honesty include receiving an "E" for the course and/or dismissal from the College.