UPDATE: The Salt Lake Tribune says the violation was pre-marital sex.ORIGINAL POST: I graduated from college less than a year ago, so I consider myself to be something of an authority on how college students behave. As a result, I can say this with full confidence: I didn’t know one student at school that could have complied with all of the standards listed in BYU’s honour code. Heck, I don’t know too many people that could have complied with more than one of BYU’s listed regulations. Here they are via ESPN:
• Be honest
• Live a chaste and virtuous life
• Obey the law and all campus policies
• Use clean language
• Respect others
• Abstain from alcoholic beverages, tobacco, tea, coffee and substance abuse
• Participate regularly in church services
• Observe the Dress and Grooming Standards
• Encourage others in their commitment to comply with the honour Code
Nevertheless, the select group of young adults that attend BYU know the school’s expectations, and also know that BYU doesn’t list them loosely like other universities. Sure, plenty of kids probably get away with stuff at BYU, but the school clearly means business.
We don’t know which rule Brandon Davies violated, and it doesn’t really matter. There is sure to be plenty of criticism of the school’s policies, but that’s not necessarily fair to BYU. The school has worked hard to establish its reputation, and its no-tolerance policy for violators is a big part of that. We may think that BYU’s rules are a little extreme and that it’s silly for the school to cost itself a chance at the National Title, but BYU does deserve commendation for holding true to its principles.
After all, we’ve all roundly criticised other schools for incidents of delaying punishments for players so that they could compete in the postseason. BYU did things the right way, albeit at a major cost.
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