Dress and Grooming Standards

Immodest clothing is any clothing that is tight, sheer, or revealing in any manner. Men and women should be neat and clean and avoid being extreme or inappropriately casual in clothing, hairstyle, and behavior. Pants, slacks, or jeans should not be patched, faded, frayed, or torn and must be ankle length. Hairstyles should be clean and neat, avoiding extreme styles and unnatural colors. Caps or hats should not be worn in buildings. Shoes should be worn in all public campus areas. Flip-flops and other casual footwear are inappropriate on campus. Shorts are not appropriate campus attire. Do not disfigure yourself with tattoos or body piercings.


Clothing is immodest when it is sleeveless, does not cover the stomach, or is low-cut in the front or back. Dresses and skirts should be knee-length or longer (even with leggings worn). No capris may be worn on campus. Women may wear one pair of earrings.


Hairstyles should be clean and neat, avoiding extreme styles or colors, and trimmed above the collar leaving the ear uncovered. Sideburns should not extend below the earlobe or onto the cheek. Men are expected to be clean shaven; mustaches, if worn, should be neatly trimmed and may not extend beyond or below the corners of the mouth. Beards are not appropriate. Earrings are not acceptable.

Shaving Exemptions

Students may receive a shaving exemption for the following reasons:

  1. Medical condition
  2. LDS Church Media video production assignments
  3. Actively participating in an officially recognized religion which advocates the wearing of a beard as one of its religious tenets 
Prior to receiving a shaving exemption, students will need to participate in a seminar offered by the Student Honor Office at the beginning of each semester. Please contact the Student Honor Office at (208) 496-9300 to sign up for a scheduled seminar.
Exemption Expirations
  • Approved shaving exemptions expire at the end of each semester
  • Shaving exemptions can be extended as part of a medical treatment plan approved by a BYU-Idaho physician

Campus Events Standards

Activity and Recreational Attire

Dress standards for each event will be specified prior to the event. If no standard is indicated, the minimum standard will be campus attire. Modest casual attire may be worn at certain activities and events. Shorts and other pants ending above the ankle are inappropriate for campus. Shorts are only allowed at playing fields and must be modest in length. Traveling across campus to activities in shorts is not appropriate.

Event Attire

The minimum standard for men is a shirt and tie. Jeans are not appropriate. The minimum standard for women is a dress (or a skirt and blouse, or sweater). Casual dress or clothing will not be permitted.

Semiformal Dance Attire

Men: A tuxedo is optional, while church attire such as a sports coat with a tie is recommended. A dress shirt and tie or a dressy sweater and dress slacks are acceptable. Dress shoes are required. Athletic shoes, t-shirts, kilts, jeans, and grubby attire are not appropriate.

Women: A formal dress is optional; Sunday dress is recommended (a modest dress with the hemline or slit at or below the knee). Dress shoes are required. Athletic shoes, sleeveless dresses, spaghetti straps, low-cut necklines, unlined see-through materials, and open-back dresses below the shoulder blades are not appropriate.

Special-Theme Dances

Dress should be consistent with university dress standards at all events. Appropriate dress will be specified in the publicity prior to the dance.

Swim Wear

BYU-Idaho invites students to refer to For the Strength of Youth when choosing their swimsuit attire. Specifically, we are taught, “Never lower your dress standards for any occasion. Doing so sends the message that you are using your body to get attention and approval and that modesty is important only when it is convenient”.

Swimsuits should be modest in fabric, fit, and style. Women’s suits should cover the stomach. Men’s suits should sit at the waist.