Let’s face it, we’ve all been there. We’ve all had to sit in the Marriott Center during freshman orientation, and we’ve all listened to a choir of angels singing “That’s against the Honor Code,” and telling us what a great thing it is. So why, then, is the Honor Code — with specific reference to the dress code — one of the most complained about things on this campus? The Honor Code isn’t as strict as people make it out to be — it is simply a restatement of guidelines that we as Latter-day Saints should already be following.
The Honor Code is an affirmation of the morals and values that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints feels are important, including the dress code. The modesty guidelines were given to us by the prophets and apostles of the church, and the Lord has stated, “Whether by mine own voice or by the voice of my servants, it is the same” (D&C 1:38). Therefore, the dress code is really from the Lord. If we claim to be members of the LDS Church, then we should already be following the standards of modesty as laid out by the apostles. It shouldn’t be such a battle.
The Honor Code, or shall we say “dress code,” is not the enemy. Rather than fighting and complaining, we should instead embrace it. After all, is it really any different than what we should be doing in the first place?