BYU Culture and Honor Code

BYU is distinct from other university campuses. If you’re not familiar with the characteristics of BYU students, keep reading.

All members of BYU—faculty, administrators, staff, and students—sign an honor code that states they will maintain the highest standard of honor, integrity, and morality. You’ll find that Marriott School students are trained to conduct business with integrity.

Members of the campus community also follow modest dress and grooming standards. Individuals who are not members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints but who study or work at BYU also maintain the same standards of conduct.

Those attending and working at BYU also agree to abstain follow a health code—avoiding the consumption of coffee, alcohol, and tobacco—and foregoing sexual relations outside of marriage.

Spiritual education is part of the classroom and campus wide experience. University devotionals and forums, held each Tuesday, enliven the BYU experience. Students meet in their wards (small congregations of 150) weekly to worship and learn more about their faith; the wards also act as a hub for social and service opportunities.

Many of the students you meet will have served missions for the Church of Jesus Christ throughout the world, which have given many of the students the opportunity to learn a second language and to understand diverse cultures. Some common terms that arise from mission service are: RM (returned missionary, someone who has completed a mission), companion (missionaries work in pairs, which rotate every six weeks), and MTC (Missionary Training Center in Provo, where new missionaries go to learn the language and missionary lessons).

The BYU culture also emphasizes families—don’t be surprised if some of the students you talk with are parents. More than one-third of Marriott School students are married. We believe this adds a certain maturity—making them less transient, more loyal, and very dependable.

If there is something about the BYU culture you don’t understand, just ask us or one of the students. We’ll be more than happy to explain. After all, we live in a place nicknamed Happy Valley.