A Look At BYU's Honor Code, Which Brandon Davies Violated By Having Premarital Sex

On Monday, sophomore BYU forward Brandon Davies admitted to school officials that he violated the school's honor code by having sex with his girlfriend. As a consequence, Davies has been dismissed from the team.

The school's decision brings renewed attention to its honor code. According to BYU's website, these are the honor code's requirements:

Be honest
This covers the school's Academic Honesty Policy, a document forbidding plagiarism, cheating, etc.

Live a chaste and virtuous life
This seems to be the rule that Davies violated when he engaged in sexual relations with his girlfriend. It's worth noting that the document doesn't get more specific than, "sexual misconduct," though it's assumed that it's in line with the religious principles on which BYU was founded.

Obey the law and all campus policies
Among other things, campus policy forbids students from entering a dorm room of someone of the opposite gender in most circumstances.

Observe the Dress and Grooming Standards
Both genders are discouraged from wearing form-fitting clothing, and shoes must be worn in all public areas. Men are permitted to wear moustaches, but beards are forbidden without a medical exception.

The honor code also includes rules that are fairly self-explanatory:

Use clean language

Respect others

Abstain from alcoholic beverages, tobacco, tea, coffee, and substance abuse

Participate regularly in church services

Encourage others in their commitment to comply with the Honor Code

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