Official position of BYU-Idaho on skinny jeans

BYU-Idaho has not identified “skinny jeans” as a specific violation of the dress and grooming standard.  We are aware of the incident in the Testing Center, and the Student Honor Office has worked with the Testing Center to correct the issue.

The wording in the BYU-Idaho dress and grooming standard regarding formfitting clothing is as follows: “Clothing is inappropriate when it is sleeveless, strapless, backless, or revealing. It should not have slits above the knee or be formfitting.”

The foundation of this standard comes from “For the Strength of Youth” which states, “Immodest clothing includes short shorts and skirts, tight clothing, shirts that do not cover the stomach, and other revealing attire. Young women should wear clothing that covers the shoulder and avoid clothing that is low-cut in the front or the back or revealing in any other manner.”

The Testing Center has not made any new standard, nor has there been a ban of a particular piece of clothing.  The effort of the Testing Center as well as with other employees and students is to encourage others in their commitment to comply with the Honor Code.

Editor’s note: All information found in this article was obtained from the University Communications department of Brigham Young University-Idaho.

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'Official position of BYU-Idaho on skinny jeans' have 5 comments

  1. December 8, 2011 @ 7:54 am Jordan Olsen

    The Testing Center may not have created a new policy, but they certainly had a bad interpretation of the old policy. I’m glad to see that the university has finally resolved the issue after a month, but unfortunately they took too long. This has attracted quite a bit of less than flattering national attention for our school, particularly through news articles published on and . The Testing Center has created a lot of problems through their over-zealous approach to the honor code, and at the very least, the Testing Center should be required to issue an official apology to all students who were sent away, particularly to those students whose grades suffered as a result.


  2. December 8, 2011 @ 6:57 pm Jessica

    And what administrative action has been taken to discipline over-zealous employees who misinterpreted their job-description as “prophet, seer, and revelator”, and who were allowed for a time to follow a policy that, in its implementation, was clearly discriminatory towards students of less-than-model-thinness?

    Or…was nothing done (which I take as a tacit approval of their actions)?


  3. December 8, 2011 @ 7:23 pm BYUI Alum

    I know that the school and church needs to stand head and shoulders above the rest of the world, expecially on college campuses – they can be a haven for all kinds of trouble.
    BYUI has attracted several recruiters because of the dress and behavior standards. People seem to want to hire students with standards (at least with the willingness to dress and act in a professional manner)that can represent their businesses/coorperations well. But this has not helped matters at all. Especially with the Church’s efforts to ensure that the public gets a good and correct image published to the population as a whole. The story appears to be all over the country. You just have to google “BYUI Skinny Jeans” and you can read about the finger of scorn being pointed at the church and school. I always understood that a finger of scorn would be pointed from time to time bacause of our high standards, but this has been a complete embarrassment and has not reflected very well on the school or the church. I am sure it will all pass, but it is still very unfortunate.


  4. December 9, 2011 @ 6:36 pm Kati

    The students are adults, they can use their own judgment for whats appropriate and whats not, the testing center went too far on this one.


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