Brigham Young University President Jeffrey R. Holland has asked a group of students and administrators to review the school's honor code, and student leaders say their goal is to increase respect for the standards.
Student association President Mark Crockett said committees are being formed to consider the wording of the code, methods of enforcement and ways of educating students about their responsibilities."The students used to feel a great deal of pride in the university's standards," Crockett said. "I think (Holland) would like to see a greater feeling of ownership."
Maren Mouritsen, vice president of student life, said Holland was prompted to seek the review after he received a report about the honor code from a committee looking into it last year.
Brent Harker, public communications spokesman, said the "preliminary internal working report" was not in its final form and would not be available for review.
When asked whether the report had prompted the current review of the code, Harker said, "We think it's a good idea (to review the honor code)."
Mouritsen said the review will be general and that Holland hopes students will renew their commitment to the university's standards.
"There may be some changes," she said. "I don't think it has anything to do with any kind of a panic that the students are worse than ever or anything like that."
Some students think a few of the changes need to come from the university itself, said Crockett. They believe enforcement of the standards is not uniform across campus, and thus students do not take them seriously.
"We're just looking for the university to support it more actively. We would like to see more discussion at the university about character, honor and integrity," he said.
Holland himself has repeatedly discussed those issues during his addresses to the university community. During his opening devotional talk in September he told students it is important they understand the code.
"Inasmuch as this is your code and is the broad basis upon which we form a moral community at BYU, it is important for you to understand it and come to feel a sense of personal ownership of it . . . . If as a university community it is possible, as some are already helping us consider, to write a yet better expression of what it means to be honorable here, we will do so," Holland said.
Those involved in the current review don't know where it will end or what will be changed, if anything, Crockett said.
"We might change the wording so that it contains more of the spirit and intent of the standards," he said.
Some students are very interested in changing a dress and grooming standard that requires men to wear socks while they're on campus, but, Crockett said, "I don't think anyone will be overly adamant about it."