The BYU-Idaho Honor Office has started enforcing disciplinary action against those with a hairstyle commonly known as the “man-bun.”
The “man-bun” is typically worn with hair shaved on the sides of the head with a top-knot worn in the middle.
“We would consider the ‘man-bun’ to be an extreme hairstyle,” said Tyler Barton, Student Honor Administrator. “It’s just something that deviates from the norm.”
Barton said any hairstyle that is different or uncommon would fall under this same category, therefore receiving the same action.
“As part of the dress and grooming code, we commit to avoid extreme hairstyles,” said Kevin Miyasaki, Student Services & Activities Vice President. “A ‘man-bun’ would be considered not consistent with this standard.”
Anita McPherson, a testing assistant at the BYU-Idaho Testing Center, said that last semester, both male and female students who came into the testing center wearing this particular hairstyle were allowed to take their test, but were reported to the Student Honor Office.
President Miyasaki said the Testing Center’s goal with every student who is not compliant with the Dress and Grooming Standards is to teach, clarify and promise them blessings for obedience.
“The Testing Center is careful to not turn away students and attempts to remedy the situation,” President Miyasaki said.
Marivi Lugo, a junior studying communication, said she defends the Honor Code and its stance against extreme hairstyles such as the “man-bun.”
“I think there’s a difference between being stylish and appropriate,” Lugo said. “We have an honor code for a reason, and if we don’t have people enforcing it, then what’s the point of the Honor Code?”
President Miyasaki said the Honor Code office is not alone in enforcing the Honor Code.
“All employees and students at BYU-Idaho are obligated under the Honor Code to ‘encourage others in their commitment to comply with the Honor Code,'” President Miyasaki said. “It is not the Testing Center or the Student Honor Office’s responsibility alone to help students, but we all have a shared responsibility.”
More information on the Honor Code and what it entails can be found on the CES Honor Code Web page.
Reporters Lindsey Johnson and Alex Ramirez contributed to this article