BYU Honor Code File Revealed

First page of my file
Using the process outlined in Project ATHCOE (Accountability and Transparency in Honor Code Office Enforcement), students and alumni are beginning to receive copies of their honor code files.

Mine is the first published example of an honor code file. I wrote and published a book entitled during my last six months at BYU Law (between October 2010 and April 2011) entitled Homosexuality: A Straight BYU Student’s Perspective. Without my knowledge, a friend of mine reported me to BYU’s Honor Code Office (HCO) for “getting deeper and deeper into homosexuality ideas.” As a consequence, the HCO investigated me- but did not tell me they did so, meaning I did not discover I had a file until I requested it five years later.

The HCO assigned a staff member to review my personal blog and YouTube channel. This staff member scrutinized my blog posts and YouTube videos, as well as my book, and made comments about whether my religious beliefs and my writings sufficiently complied with LDS teachings. Comments included “notice he did not say he believed in latter day prophets” (a recognized indicator of religious fitness for a Mormon) and “Much of the book contradicts teachings from the First Presidency of the LDS Church.”

See it for yourself: here is my honor code file.


Update 28 June:
Many people have commented on my file, and asked how they can get their own HCO files. Luckily for you, FreeBYU has a resource for that very purpose! ATHCOE: Accountability and Transparency in Honor Code Office Enforcement

Gdoc version here



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