Codes and Standards
CES Honor Code Policy: Creating a Culture of Discipleship
Brigham Young University, Brigham Young University—Hawaii, Brigham Young University—Idaho and LDS Business College exist to provide an education in an atmosphere consistent with the ideals and principles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. That atmosphere is created and preserved through commitment to conduct that reflects those ideals and principles. Members of the faculty, administration, staff and student body at BYU, BYU—Hawaii, BYU—Idaho and LDSBC are selected and retained from among those who voluntarily live the principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Observance of such is a specific condition of employment and admission. Those individuals who are not members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are also expected to maintain the same standards of conduct, except church attendance. All who represent BYU, BYU—Hawaii, BYU—Idaho and LDSBC are to maintain the highest standards of honor, integrity, morality and consideration of others in personal behavior. By accepting appointment on the faculty, continuing in employment or continuing class enrollment, individuals evidence their commitment to observe the Honor Code standards approved by the Board of Trustees “at all times and . . . in all places” (Mosiah 18:9).
This code of conduct is required of all who attend or work at LDS Business College. The overarching goal of the Honor Code is to invite the Spirit into the lives of students in order to create greater discipleship. The Honor Code centers on four foundational purposes:
A Community of Saints
Adherence to the Honor Code creates a community of saints where the Spirit may be in greater abundance. That Spirit gives students greater power to learn by study and by faith. It provides an environment that is a respite from worldly distractions, and encourages all to support each other in righteous living. Students make an individual pledge to live the principles of the Honor Code before enrolling at the College; a pledge that is renewed annually. This commitment requires important internal preparation. While at the College, students live in a society that outwardly exemplifies the values of the Honor Code. This community experience provides important group preparation. The combination of individual and group obedience is an essential prerequisite before God can lift the student and the College to higher understanding, greater power and a deeper, abiding joy.
A Demonstration of Love
Observance of the Honor Code allows students to show love for the Savior. It also provides a proving ground to see if students will be faithful in small things so that they might receive greater blessings. That obedience qualifies students to receive greater insights, opportunities and blessings. Obedience to the Honor Code also prepares students for the greater blessings of the temple.
A Light to the World
Observance of the Honor Code and the dress and grooming standards furthers the work of the Church by providing an example to the world. Students thereby let their light shine so that others might witness the impact of righteous living in the lives of college-aged students. LDS Business College and its students can show others a standard that brings safety and peace.
A Protection Against the Storm
The Lord preserves the faithful and obedient. Observance of the Honor Code helps students to be in right places doing right things. It provides a place of peace, refuge and safety both for the individual and the community. It also preserves the good name of the College and the Church. The Lord has said that Zion cannot be built except upon the principles of the law of the celestial kingdom. Those principles include obedience, virtue, honesty, integrity and cleanliness of body and soul. The College invites students, faculty and staff to abide by the Honor Code with confidence in God’s promises of joy, enlightenment, increased opportunities, protection and peace.
LDS Business College 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.”
–Thirteenth Article of Faith
As a matter of personal commitment, faculty, administration, staff and students of LDS Business College seek to demonstrate in daily living on and off campus those moral virtues encompassed in the gospel of Jesus Christ, and will:
Specific policies embodied in the Honor Code include:
- Dress and Grooming Standards
- Academic Honesty Policy
- Continuing Student Ecclesiastical Endorsement Requirement
Dress and Grooming Standards
The dress and grooming of men and women should always be modest, neat, clean and consistent with the dignity adherent to representing The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and any of its institutions of higher education.
Modesty and cleanliness are important values that reflect personal dignity and integrity, through which students, staff and faculty represent the principles and standards of the Church. Members of the LDSBC community commit themselves to observe these standards, which reflect the direction given by the Board of Trustees and the Church publication For the Strength of Youth. These guiding principles apply at all CES institutions of higher education. The application of these principles may vary slightly at the various institutions in accordance with local conditions and circumstances. (See LDS Business College’s specific dress and grooming standards on the Title of Honor’s Policies & Procedures page).
A clean and well-cared-for appearance should be maintained. Hairstyles should be clean and neat, avoiding extreme styles or colors and trimmed above the collar, leaving the ear uncovered. Sideburns should not extend below the earlobe or onto the cheek. If worn, mustaches should be neatly trimmed and may not extend beyond or below the corners of the mouth. Men are expected to be clean shaven; beards are not acceptable. Earrings and other body piercings are not acceptable. Shoes should be worn in all public campus areas.
A clean and well-cared-for appearance should be maintained. Clothing is inappropriate when it is sleeveless, strapless, backless or revealing; has slits above the knee; exposes the midriff; or is form-fitting. Dresses and skirts must be knee length or longer. Hairstyles should be clean and neat, avoiding extreme styles and colors. Excessive ear piercing (defined as more than one per ear) and all other body piercings are not acceptable. Shoes should be worn in all public campus areas.
All students, upon admission to LDS Business College, are required to observe the standards of the Honor Code at all times, whether on or off campus. When the Honor Code Office receives reports of misconduct prior to a prospective student’s admission or readmission, those reports are referred to the Admissions Office for appropriate action. When the Honor Code Office receives reports of student misconduct after admission or readmission, but before registration for classes, the Honor Code Office typically notifies the student, indicating that a “hold” will be placed on the student’s registration if the matter is not resolved to the satisfaction of the Honor Code Office by a specified date. The Honor Code Office also reserves the right to place a “hold” on the record of any student based on reports of student misconduct prior to notifying the student.