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