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By Kent Larsen

New BYU Earring Policy Hits National News

PROVO, UTAH -- BYU's one-word change to its honor code has made national news, appearing in today's Boston Globe and elsewhere through the Associated Press' wire. The policy change, which limits women to one set of earrings, came in the wake of a series of talks by LDS Church President Gordon B. Hinckley that advised church members to avoid body piercing and tattoos.

But in spite of the honor code change, BYU spokesperson Carri Jenkins says students aren't going to be suspended for violating the new rule. "It is something that if a student had an issue with we'd urge them to come in and talk to a counselor" in the Honor Code office, she said. Many students have already complied with the rule. "I know a lot of girls who, after the prophet spoke, took their earrings right out," said BYU senior Ali Anderson.

However, the Associated Press article mentioned a BYU student who was suspended for an honor code violation. Julie Stoffer, the BYU student who appeared on MTV's "The Real World," was suspended because she lived in a house while on the show with members of the opposite sex in violation of the honor code.


BYU bans multiple earrings for female students
Boston Globe (AP) 16Nov00 D3
By Associated Press


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