The BYU honor code and personal responsibility

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  • Sutton Cedar City, UT
    March 18, 2011 4:21 p.m.

    If BYU is so supportive of "Personal responsibility" then why do they take it upon themselves to take "responsibility" of all their students??? Who are all legal adults (BTW) and should be able to make their own choices and decisions... shouldn't they be responsible for themselves???

  • jmstoker Colorado Springs, CO
    March 18, 2011 10:42 a.m.

    Esquire: yes, it was the BYU PR machine that circulated all the info about Davies to begin with??...the national media lead by a Salt Lake paper were all controlled by BYU. I'm sure Davies would have liked this kept quiet...its harder to sincerely repent and be humble when everyone knows your business...overall its a sad situation but I'm proud of sticking with the standards. None of us know all the details of what really happened so I tend to not be judgemental of an instition I love. No one is saying we are all perfect...

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    March 18, 2011 7:35 a.m.

    I'm somewhere in between on this. The BYU PR machine is protecting one part of its institutional interests, but the way the punishment was meted out could have been done differently to protect other parts of the institutional interests, the interests of the team, and the privacy and welfare of the young man. I think it is a real mess, and BYU can push its chest out and point to itself with pride, but a little more modesty would be more seemly because of flaws it cannot see in itself.

  • John Charity Spring Alloway, NJ
    March 18, 2011 7:32 a.m.

    This call for personal responsibility is a refreshing change from our modern politically correct media. However, one voice calling for change in the wilderness of sin is not enough.

    The vast majority of college students today have no more moral values than a demented stoat. They have accepted the left-wing message that life is only about immediate pleasure, without regard to the consequences. As a result, they over eat, drink themselves silly, and engage in indiscriminate sex.

    This avoidance of personal responsibility has not only ruined their personal lives, it has largely ruined society as a whole. Crime, divorce, and illegitimacy are all at epidemic levels, and as a result, costs for law enforcement and welfare are going through the roof.

    Young people must heed the call of this letter to become responsible for their actions. If they don't, America will become yet another third world country.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    March 18, 2011 7:18 a.m.

    What? Personal honor,accountability,responsibility and integrity are more important than sports at BYU? I thought those were the virtues sports is supposed to teach above all else! There is hope for our society and the human race after all! As for Brandon, the wisest among us learn from our mistakes and it appears he is no exception. Its called repentance and who among us doesn't rely on that; at least we all should! Brandon is a bigger hero to some today than he was 2 months ago and so is BYU's honor code! Honor is an interesting concept that is demonstrated more by action than rhetoric! I am proud of BYU and Brandon Davies for practicing what they preach! Mark Twain once said, "I would rather see a sermon than hear one." I think America saw a sermon eminating from BYU and from Brandon Davies!

  • RanchHand Huntsville, UT
    March 18, 2011 6:48 a.m.

    I applaud BYU for treating this young man like any other even though he was a star player. Usually the stars do whatever they will and suffer no consequences, which is hypocritical. This time they weren't hypocrites.

    Another important point in this article is the importance of being a family. Can anyone guess where this position turns hypocritical?