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Church Education System Honor Code

Honor Code Office, ACR 166, (808) 675-3493

Brigham Young University, Brigham Young University–Hawaii, Brigham Young University-Idaho, and LDS Business College (LDSBC) 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).

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 Brigham Young University, Brigham Young University–Hawaii, Brigham Young University-Idaho, and 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:

  • 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

Specific policies embodied in the Honor Code include the BYU–Hawaii (1) Academic Honesty Policy, (2) Dress and Grooming Standards, (3) Residential Living Standards, and (4) Continuing Student Ecclesiastical Endorsement. You can also learn more about the BYU–Hawaii Honor Code Statement at

Academic Honesty Policy

The first injunction of the BYU–Hawaii Honor Code is the call to “be honest.” Students come to the university not only to improve their minds, gain knowledge, and develop skills that will assist them in their life’s work, but also to build character. “President David O. McKay taught that character is the highest aim of education” (The Aims of a BYU–Hawaii Education, p. 6). It is the purpose of the BYU–Hawaii Academic Honesty Policy to assist in fulfilling that aim.

BYU–Hawaii students should seek to be totally honest in their dealings with others. They should complete their own work and be evaluated based upon that work. They should avoid academic dishonesty and misconduct in all its forms, including but not limited to plagiarism, fabrication or falsification, cheating, and other academic misconduct.

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Dress and Grooming Standards

The dress and grooming of both men and women should always be modest, neat, and 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 18 dignity and integrity, through which students, staff, and faculty represent the principles and standards of the Church. Members of the BYU, BYU–Hawaii, BYU-Idaho, and LDSBC communities commit themselves to observe these standards, which reflect the direction given by the Board of Trustees and in 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.

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Residential Living Standards

BYU–Hawaii is committed to providing a learning atmosphere consistent with the principles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Members of the BYU–Hawaii community should likewise commit themselves to creating such an atmosphere for students residing in approved student housing on campus and BYU–Hawaii off-campus contract housing. To achieve this distinctive ambiance, BYU–Hawaii has established living standards to help students learn some of the high ideals and principles of behavior expected at the university. These standards limit visiting privileges and hours and encourage clean, orderly, respectful, moral, and dignified conduct.

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Non-academic Discipline

Students who are found guilty of violating university standards, policies, and/or rules and regulations will be subject to nonacademic discipline. This may include one or more of the following: fines, community service, loss of privileges, nonacademic probation for a specified period of time, being counseled out(voluntary withdrawal), suspension (involuntary withdrawal for a specified period of time), or dismissal (permanent, involuntary withdrawal).

Students who are counseled out, suspended, or leave the university with unresolved non-academic problems will be encumbered and notices of the encumbrances sent to all the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints church schools. They will be required to obtain clearance from the BYU–Hawaii University Office of Honor before they can be considered for readmission. Expelled students will have the expulsion noted on their permanent record files and notices of their expulsion sent to all the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints church schools.

Students placed in one of the above categories have the right for an Honor Code Administrative Review. (For more details go to Generally, the university will follow procedures outlined in the Administrative Review policy. However, any departure from these procedures will not act to invalidate the decisions made by the university, provided the procedures followed were fundamentally fair, given the facts and circumstances of the case.

The Administrative Review Process is under the direction of the Student Life Vice-President. The Office of General Counsel may advise university personnel involved in the Administrative Review anytime during the process as to matters of university policy and procedure relevant to the deliberations. No review decision contrary to, or as an exception to, university policy will be implemented without the written approval of the Student Life Vice-President.

The student applying for an Honor Code Administrative Review will not be restricted in or excluded from class attendance or participation in any university functions and activities during the review process unless the university determines that such attendance and/or participation is likely to be disruptive or pose a substantial threat to the well-being or personal safety of the student or others. In those cases, the Dean of Students Office will advise the student of any restrictions and/or exclusions, pending the outcome of the review.

A student may, at any time during the review process, request permission to voluntarily withdraw from the university. Generally, such a request can be granted if there has been no violation of the law and such action would not compromise the integrity of the university. If the Dean of Students approves the request, he or she will discontinue the review process and allow the student to withdraw without any official action being taken or noted on the student’s official university records.

Requesting a Review

The student may request a review of the Office of Honor or university decision if the student (1) claims innocence, (2) claims the decision was unreasonable based upon substantiated facts, (3) claims that mitigating facts and circumstances were not fairly considered in making the decision, and/or (4) claims the university did not follow its procedures and as a result reached an unfair decision.

In order for students who have been on academic or non- academic suspension to be readmitted, they must follow the steps listed under admissions for returning students. BYU–Hawaii complies with and fully supports the federal Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989.

Continuing Student Ecclesiastical Endorsement

All enrolled, continuing students are required each year to obtain a Continuing Student Ecclesiastical Endorsement from their winter semester ecclesiastical leader of their assigned ward. To assure they are regularly attending meetings and doing their duty in the Church, LDS students must be endorsed by the bishops of their wards of residence during winter semester. A bishop should not endorse students who do not reside in his ward winter semester. Non-LDS students can obtain their ContinuingStudentEcclesiastical Endorsements from their local ecclesiastical leaders or the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints bishop within whose wards they reside during winter semester. The endorsement form can now be downloaded at the Honor Code website at Students wanting to pre-register for fall semester must be endorsed by their bishop during winter semester before March 1 (priority deadline).