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"We should live wisely in protecting ourselves from bodily harm, but, in reality, whether we live a long or short life upon this earth is of relatively little consequence in the eternities. What really matters is our character and how we live. Living the life of a covenant-maker and covenant-keeper is of highest value, as that is the only way for us to fulfill our eternal purpose.”
–Elder Donald L. Hallstrom–
Student Ecclesiastical Endorsement
All enrolled continuing undergraduate, graduate, intern, or study abroad students are required to obtain a Continuing Student Ecclesiastical Endorsement for each new academic year. They must have their endorsement forms completed, turned in, and processed by the Office of Honor before they can register. Priority registration for the new academic year beginning in the Fall semester can begin in early May. To avoid registration delays students should complete and submit their endorsements to the Office of Honor by the date stated on the registration page. If a person is applying to BYU-Hawaii, they should use the new student Admissions Application Part 3 endorsement.
LDS students may only be endorsed by the bishop of the ward (1) in which they live and (2) that holds their current Church membership record.
Non-LDS students are to be endorsed by (1) the bishop of the LDS ward in which they currently reside, or (2) the non-denominational BYU-Hawaii chaplain.
Whether on or off campus, all students are expected to abide by the Honor Code, which includes: the Academic Honesty Policy, the Dress and Grooming Standards, and the Residential Living Standards.
LDS students must fulfill their duty in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, attend Church meetings, and abide by the rules and standards of the Church on and off campus. Students who are not members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are also expected to maintain the same standards of conduct. They are encouraged to participate in services of their preferred religion.
A student's endorsement may be withdrawn at any time if the ecclesiastical leader determines that the student is no longer eligible for the endorsement. Students without endorsements, except in unusual circumstances, must discontinue enrollment.
An administrative review is a hearing which reviews the university action based upon the revocation or denial of your ecclesiastical endorsement.
- Print the Ecclesiastical Endorsement form and study the 2nd and 3rd pages.
- Visit with the bishop or his designee for your endorsement interview.
- Sign and date in the appropriate places on the form. Note – The bishop will send your completed endorsement to the Office of Honor. With your bishop's permission, you may hand carry it to the Office of Honor in a sealed envelope.
- Submit the form to the Honor Code Office