Living With Personal Honor

Ecclesiastical Endorsement

Students must be in good Honor Code standing to be admitted to, continue enrollment at, and graduate from LDS Business College. The term "good Honor Code standing" means that a student's conduct is consistent with the Honor Code and the ideals and principles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Excommunication, disfellowshipment, or disaffiliation from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints automatically results in the loss of good Honor Code standing. Further, a student is not in good Honor Code standing if his or her ecclesiastical endorsement has either lapsed or has been withdrawn, or if the Honor Code Office has placed a "hold" on the student's records.

LDS Students: All enrolled, continuing students at LDS Business College will be required to annually submit a continuing endorsement from the bishop of the ward (1) in which they live and (2) that holds their current Church membership record. Students attending wards on or off campus will need to obtain a form at the Registration Office, or by downloading the PDF. Endorsements expire April 1st of each year.

Other Students: Non-LDS students are to be endorsed annually by any local bishop or branch president. Students who wish to talk to an LDS bishop may contact the Honor Code Office to obtain that information. Please see BeSmart.com if you are applying as a new student.

Whether on or off campus, all students are expected to abide by the Honor Code, which includes the (1) Academic Honesty Policy, (2) Dress and Grooming Standards, and (3) Continuing Student Ecclesiastical Endorsement.

Withdrawn Ecclesiastical Endorsement

A student's endorsement may be withdrawn at any time if the ecclesiastical leader determines that the student is no longer eligible for the endorsement. If an endorsement is withdrawn, no confessional information is exchanged without authorization from the student. Students without a current endorsement are not in good Honor Code standing and must discontinue enrollment. Students who are not in good Honor Code standing are not eligible for graduation, even if they have otherwise completed all necessary coursework. Excommunication, disfellowshipment, or disaffiliation from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints automatically results in the withdrawal of the student's ecclesiastical endorsement and the loss of good Honor Code standing.

The decision to withdraw an ecclesiastical endorsement may be appealed through appropriate ecclesiastical leaders only. As a matter of practice, LDS Business College does not intervene in ecclesiastical matters or endorsements. In unusual circumstances, however, a student may petition the Honor Code Office to allow an exception to the ecclesiastical endorsement requirement. As part of the petition, a student must sign a release allowing appropriate College officials to freely communicate with the student's ecclesiastical leaders; prepare a written statement outlining the reasons why, in light of the student's extenuating circumstances, the college should allow an exception; and submit this to the Honor Code Office.

When considering the petition, the Honor Code Office will focus not on the merits of the ecclesiastical leader's decision to withdraw the endorsement but instead on whether the student has demonstrated sufficiently compelling grounds to warrant an exception to the college's ecclesiastical endorsement requirement. In addition to speaking with the student's present and former ecclesiastical leaders, the Honor Code Office may also choose to personally interview the student, who may further explain the circumstances that might justify an exception to the ecclesiastical endorsement requirement. The student bears the burden of persuasion that he or she should be considered to be in good Honor Code standing, notwithstanding the lack of an ecclesiastical endorsement. The Honor Code Office's decision regarding the petition will be reviewed by the Chief Student Services Officer if requested by the student. The decision by the Chief Student Services Officer is final.

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