The Honor Code is described as a standard of moral standards, followed on and off campus, that demonstrate the teaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ, according to the Honor Office’s Web page.
Before students can start their application to a Church Education System school like BYU-Idaho, the first thing they are asked to do is agree to abide by the Honor Code.
The Honor Code includes several categories of conduct including Academic Honesty, Church Attendance, Student Life, Dress and Grooming and Ecclesiastical Endorsement.
Basic standards of the Honor Code include being honest, respectful, using clean language, abstaining from substances contrary to the Word of Wisdom and encouraging others to comply with the Honor Code, according to the Honor Office Web page.
“The CES Honor Code exists to educate students in an atmosphere consistent with the ideals and principles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,” according to the Honor Office Web page.
In a Q&A session Oct. 8 with President Clark G. Gilbert, a student told him that she has a friend who feels like the Honor Code limits her agency.
Gilbert said that part of the purpose of the Honor Code is to prepare students to be in a professional work environment as well as prepare them for the higher law of the temple.
Many of the standards are rooted in the “For the Strength of Youth” pamphlet, President Gilbert said.
“BYU-Idaho is a disciple preparation center, where disciple leaders are built; not disciple do-the-minimum-ers,” said Mackenzie Bannister, a junior majoring in marriage and family studies, on a peer’s blog. “And the Honor Code is an awesome tool we’ve been given to help us take our disciple leadership up a notch or two.”
For a more details on the Honor Code, including specific dress and grooming standards, visit the Honor Office Web page.