Students on the BYU-Idaho campus may notice new campaign posters encouraging them to uphold the Honor Code of BYU-I.
Brett Crandall, the media relations manager for BYU-Idaho, said the goal of the campaign is to increase awareness and remind the BYU-I community what it means to follow the Honor Code.
“We know from multiple surveys of students, that one of the leading reasons students come to BYU-Idaho is to gather with other students who share similar values,” Crandall said. “Throughout the semester, students and employees will see communications about the Honor Code that reflect this emphasis.”
Crandall said the university has put out posters and created a university Honor Code website to create an invitation and promise that when university standards are followed, the learning environment on campus is strengthened.
“We really want to highlight that the principles behind the honor code are values that we all share,” said Kristie Lords, Student Honor Office director, “One of the top reasons that students say they come to BYU-Idaho is because of shared values.”
Crandall said posters highlighting these different Honor Code values will be distributed across campus. They will also be on the web banners that students see when they log onto the mybyui website. These will serve as reminders to the students what the Honor Code really is: that it’s more than just dress and grooming, but how we live our lives.
“Students are helping us with this campaign,” Crandall said. “They’re the ones who are making these posters. They’re designing them. They’re coming up with the marketing strategy, and our students are sharing it themselves and they’re pretty cool designs.”
Lords said the Student Honor Office is excited about the campaign; hoping that students who are struggling with the idea of the Honor Code will come to see that the purpose behind the Honor Code is to prepare them for the future.
“They will leave here ready to be committed employees, committed parents, committed community members, and really to do exactly what the thirteenth article of faith says on our initial shared values poster,” Lords said. ‘If there is anything virtuous, lovely or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.’ That’s really what we want to instill. It’s a training ground.”
The Honor Code standards (as listed on the back of the student I-Cards and on the BYU-I website) are to be honest, live a chaste and virtuous life, obey the law and all campus policies, use clean language, respect others, participate regularly in church services, observe Dress and Grooming Standards, abstain from alcoholic beverages, tobacco, tea, coffee and substance abuse, and encourage others in their commitment to comply with the Honor Code.
The last standard on the Honor Code list is “Encourage others in their commitment to comply with the Honor Code”. Lords said this is a difficult issue, but encourages the students to see their struggling peers as truth seekers and commitment keepers.
“We’re not trying to be holier-than-thou with our peers,” Lords said. “Believe the best in them.”