What exactly is the Church Educational System (CES) Honor Code?
Is it simply a list of rules or is there more to it? When you were
admitted to BYU–Idaho, you promised, with your signature, to live the
Honor Code. So it’s important that you truly understand what the
Honor Code is and why we agree to live by it.

What does it include?

The CES Honor Code is actually quite simple. As a matter of personal commitment, faculty, staff, and students of BYU, BYU-Hawaii, BYU-Idaho, and the LDS Business College seek to demonstrate in daily living on and off campus those moral virtues encompassed in the gospel of Jesus Christ.

In essence, we try to live by the Thirteenth Article of Faith which states, “We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men …. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things”.

The CES Honor Code

  • 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 Dress and Grooming Standards
  • Encourage others in their commitment to comply with the Honor Code

Why do we have it?

The CES Honor Code exists to educate students in an atmosphere consistent with the ideals and principles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As a condition of admission and employment, students and employees of BYU-Idaho are expected to live by the Honor Code standards approved by the Board of Trustees “at all times… and in all places” (Mosiah 18:9). Individuals who are not members of the Church are also expected to maintain the same standards of honor, integrity, morality, and consideration of others.

How it works at BYU-Idaho

Each CES Institution is charged with forming its own policies founded on the standards outlined in the CES Honor Code. These standards are unique to each institution and are defined and approved by the Board of Trustees. Each institution has the discretion to implement standards regarding dress and grooming, housing, academic honesty, etc. that are unique to that institution.

Click below to learn more about specific university standards and how they relate to the CES Honor Code.