Same Sex Romantic Behavior
The CES Honor Code includes the phrase, “Living a chaste and virtuous life also includes abstaining from same-sex romantic behavior.”
Below is list of Frequently Asked Questions related to this principle.
Frequently Asked Questions
Toggle ItemIs there a change in the expectations for LGBTQ students?
There are no changes to the LGBTQ policies. CES is deeply committed to helping all our students, including our LGBTQ students, feel both the love and covenant expectations of the Savior. Same-sex romantic behavior has been and continues to be contrary to the principles included in the CES Honor Code. LGBTQ students are a welcomed and valued part of the campus community and share a common identity with every student as sons and daughters of God. All students will continue to be encouraged to live their gospel and university/college commitments.
Toggle ItemCan members of CES campus communities who identify as LGBTQ or have same-sex attraction be disciplined for behavior like going on a date, holding hands or kissing?
Same-sex romantic behavior is not compatible with the principles included in the CES Honor Code. As in years past, each situation will be handled on a case-by-case basis to help each student feel the love of the Savior and to encourage them to live their gospel covenants and university/college commitments.
Toggle ItemDoes the university expect students to report fellow LGBTQ or SSA students to the Honor Code Office for romantic behavior?
One of the Honor Code principles states: “Encourage others in their commitment to comply with the Honor Code.” Encourage is not synonymous with “turn someone in.” Encourage is an action that means to give support, confidence or hope to someone. We are all members of the BYU community—thousands of people coming together to develop faith, intellect and character, and we should always reach out in love and support to those around us.
Toggle ItemHow does the Honor Code Office work with ecclesiastical leaders on this matter?
The Honor Code Office does not work with students’ ecclesiastical leaders, nor does it weigh in on endorsement decisions made by ecclesiastical leaders.
Members of the BYU community seeking additional understanding of this Honor Code principle should reach out to the Honor Code Office at 801.422.2847 or email email@example.com.
Members of the BYU community seeking resources or support in abiding by this principle of the Honor Code are invited to reach out to the Office of Belonging. Meetings with advisors in the Office of Belonging are kept confidential, so no information is shared with the HCO.