Dress and Grooming
CES Dress and Grooming Principles and Expectations
CES Dress and Grooming Principles and Expectations are part of the CES Honor Code and part of each student’s, employee’s, and volunteer’s commitment.
When considering Honor Code and dress and grooming decisions, the teachings of the prophets and apostles, as well as Church instruction, such as “For the Strength of Youth: A Guide for Making Choices” can be helpful.
CES Dress and Grooming Principles
Each student, employee, and volunteer commits to:
- Represent the Savior Jesus Christ, the Church, and the Church Educational System
- Preserve an inspiring environment, without distraction or disruption, where covenants are kept in a spirit of unity so the Holy Ghost can teach truth
- Promote modesty, cleanliness, neatness, and restraint in dress and grooming
- Maintain an elevated standard distinctive to educational institutions of the Church of Jesus Christ
Dress and grooming expectations as in the examples below should align with these principles. However, application of these principles is not limited to the expectations listed. Members of the university community are expected to apply these principles to dress and grooming questions as they arise.
CES Dress and Grooming Expectations
- Dress for men and women should:
- Be modest in fit and style. Dressing in a way that would cover the temple garment is a good guideline, whether or not one has been endowed. Accommodation may be made for athletic participation.
- Be neat and clean. Sloppy, overly casual, ragged, or extreme clothing is not acceptable.
- Hair should be clean, neat, modest, and avoid extremes in styles and colors.
- Men’s hair should be neatly trimmed. Men should be clean shaven. If worn, mustaches should be neatly trimmed.
NOTE: BYU–Pathway Worldwide and Seminaries and Institutes of Religion match local Church dress and grooming standards as appropriate for local activities.
Frequently Asked Questions
Toggle ItemCan you explain the changes to the Dress and Grooming Principles and Expectations?
Previously, dress and grooming expectations varied across CES institutions. The new Dress and Grooming Principles and Expectations identify an important set of foundational principles while retaining a set of common expectations to assist with the application of these principles. They also provide consistency between campuses.
Toggle ItemDoes the simplification of expectations and the inclusion of principles mean that other prior standards no longer apply?
In many cases, the prior expectations are still applicable. The Dress and Grooming Principles and Expectations emphasize standards representative of Jesus Christ and CES and encourage modesty, cleanliness, neatness, and restraint. Students across CES campuses are expected to dress in ways that align with the dress and grooming principles.
Toggle ItemAre there specific changes in dress and grooming now?
Yes. For example, students on each campus will be allowed to wear shorts, provided those shorts are in keeping with the principles and expectations given. As noted above, dress and grooming decisions should align with the Dress and Grooming Principles and Expectations, and application of these principles is not limited to the expectations listed. We are striving to create a culture that is consistent with the distinct religious purpose of CES institutions.
Toggle ItemWhat is meant by men’s hair being “neatly trimmed?”
As stated in the Dress and Grooming Expectations, hair should be “neat, modest, and avoid extremes.” The intent of this standard for men is that hair should be cut short and neatly trimmed.