Written by Courtney Mason.
Tick tock, the clock chimes at the stroke of midnight for all BYU-Idaho students to hurry home in order to maintain a well intentioned curfew.
“I think curfew exists as a method to encourage sleep and discourage irresponsibility,” said Devin Engberson, a sophomore studying physics.
Engberson said the type of irresponsible behavior curfew attempts to alleviate would be any form of behavior or activity that has a negative effect on a person’s productivity in school, work or church.
“The idea of being in your own home before midnight is a novel one, but a required curfew isn’t something that I think leads to being responsible,” Engberson said. “As a measure to deter students from making decisions ranging from questionable to illegal, it seems to do its job.”
Engberson said curfew has its benefits, but he feels the enforced policy takes away the ability to choose for himself.
“Curfew is restrictive in the sense that as maturing adults, we are forced into making a decision we ought to make on our own on a daily or case-by-case basis, depending on each individual’s needs and desires,” Engberson said.
Hernan Saldaña, a freshman studying architecture and construction, said he believes students made the decision to attend BYU-I knowing the regulations listed in the contract.
“We all knew that we would have to keep these rules before coming,” Saldaña said. “As adults, we made that decision, and as adults, we need to accept the consequences. When you promise something, you keep it.”
Saldaña said the curfew is in place for a reason.
“They want us to go to bed early so we can be more efficient,” Saldaña said. “It is also about discipline. It’s about creating discipline because that is something we will need for the rest of our lives.”
There are benefits to curfew but not necessarily blessings, according to Millennial Mormons, a website informing young church members about various topics.
“Part of the BYU-Idaho honor code is a curfew,” according to Millennial Mormons. “Obeying it does not guarantee a blessing (though there can certainly be positive results), only inasmuch as keeping curfew coincides with the commandment to ‘retire to thy bed early,’” (D&C 88:124).
Blessings only come from obeying the laws of God, according to Millennial Mormons.
“If aspects of the honor code are not predicated upon a law, then there is no inherent blessing for following them,” according to Millennial Mormons. “They may be purposeful. They may be convenient. They may yield positive results. But they do not grant blessings from God.”
President Kim B. Clark, former BYU-I president, said the purpose of this standard is to help students qualify for extra spiritual help in developing a reverence for sacred things.
“The learning and teaching that take place on this dedicated campus are sacred experiences,” President Clark said. “When you live this standard, you make a small sacrifice that shows the Lord your additional respect for what happens in this special and set-apart place.”
Saldaña said that if students really want to do something wrong, then there is nothing stopping them. He said it is still good to try and prevent eccentric behavior.
“Students should be in their own apartments by midnight Saturday through Thursday nights and 1 a.m. on Friday nights. Apartment visitors must leave in time to arrive at their own apartments by curfew,” according to the “University Standards,” the PDF version of the honor code found on the Policies and Procedures Web page.