Below are several comments from Church and educational leaders that directly or indirectly relate to the Honor Code. I appreciate they way they expand my thinking about the relationship between dress and conduct and the process of learning in spaces that are dedicated to God.
1. Dressing for “Brain Work”
Elder Charles Didier made these comments in his devotional address on 21 September 2004:
What about our clothing and our physical appearance on this campus or in other circumstances? Does it matter, or does it make a difference in your behavior and influence your environment if you wear baggy or immodest clothes or tattered jeans? Does what I read in the Honor Code about modesty really apply to you? “Modesty and cleanliness are important values that reflect personal dignity and integrity, through which students, staff, and faculty represent the principles and standards of the Church” (Dress and Grooming Standards, BYU Honor Code).
I cannot resist quoting from one of your professors, S. Neil Rasband, stating that what you wear affects the educational environment:
What about torn or tattered jeans? They simply suggest that someone is unable to distinguish between being engaged with intellectual challenges and working on the welfare farm. They’re dressed for barn work, not for brain work. . . .