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Online petition seeks to change BYU Honor Code

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An online petition is hoping to change the honor code at Brigham Young University (BYU). As of Thursday morning, "Update the 'Honor Code' at BYU" had just shy of 10,000 signatures. (Photo: KUTV)

An online petition is hoping to change the Honor Code at Brigham Young University (BYU).

As of Thursday morning, "Update the 'Honor Code' at BYU" has over 10,000 signatures.

"Why is it that BYU demands so much more it students than the LDS church does of its temple worthy members?" Michelle Peralta, the creator of the petition, stated on change.org. "Shouldn't the code be based on each individuals HONOR to live in accordance with LDS standards and not some arbitrary rules that were made in 1957?"

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When a student attends BYU, they are required to follow what is known as the Honor Code: a set of rules that align with the standards and principles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Peralta is hoping to change some of the more "outdated" rules, including: no beards or long hair for men, no piercings, no shorts above knee-length, visitors of the opposite sex can't visit students bathrooms or bedrooms and curfews.

As a church that has Christ at the center of it, its school 'BYU' should be loving and accepting of those that meet its rigorous academic qualifications, while understanding that not everyone has the same moral, health and grooming standards that 18-22 year old kids will make mistakes (big shocker right ;-).

Peralta goes on to say that students shouldn't be tattled on, judged or expelled because of their decisions, rather they should be trusted by the school to turn to their superiors for help.

Forgiveness should be at the core of the honor code as that is what Christ preaches and provides to all who earnestly seek it, why should BYU be any different?

The petition is also campaigning for a self-reported "On My Honor" code, rather than encouraging students to tattletale on each other for decisions like, breaking the law, premarital sex, using alcohol or drugs and cheating--All of which break standards set by The Church.

In university's paper, The Daily Universe, reports that in the 1960s the grooming and dress standards for the Honor Code were changed. Church leaders made statements against women wearing low-cut dresses and short skirts and men were no longer allowed to have long hair. Beards were not against the dress code until the mid-1970s. Women weren't allowed to wear jeans on campus until 1981.

In March 1991, a revised version of the Honor Code was released, stating the distinction between the dress and grooming standards and the Honor Code. However, the Honor Code includes this clause: "I will follow all other rules and regulations of the university." This means students who vow to follow the Honor Code must follow the dress and grooming standards as well.

BYU Media Relations Manager Todd Hollingshead said an official statement would not be made from the university but did say the higher education institution is aware of the online petition and of the anonymous posts on Instagram.

He did say:

We are always seeking input from our students.

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