Here's a follow-up to my earlier post on BYU elections: BYU NewsNet reports that the leading team of candidates was "asked to resign or be disqualified" on the eve of the election as a result of an Honor Code snitch allegation. The ultimate voting tallies were not released publicly, but the "winners" were identified and will take office. And the heinous allegation that sidelined the leaders? Dealing drugs? Plagiarism? No, it was staying out past their BYU bedtime!
I stand all amazed. Not that college students (adults, let us remember) would stay out late, but that the folks that run BYU allow petty and paternalistic rules to dominate student life and (here) decide a student election. I guess that just reflects the petty and paternalistic approach the administration often adopts, but as a BYU alum may I just point out what an embarrassment the BYU administration often is to students and alums alike? Would someone just [REPRIMAND] A [HALF] DOZEN OF THOSE [ADMINISTRATORS] and put some serious adults [on the payroll] [in underperforming functional areas]? People who care more about academics than about kissing up to their ecclesiastical bosses?
The BYU Honor Code system multiplies rules, fosters a petty and self-righteous mentality, and promotes the worst sort of snitching. Even the Deseret News has a hard time defending it with a straight face. Here's the BYU Honor Code. It runs to about four pages, thousands of words. Here's the Caltech Honor Code. It consists of 18 words: "No member of the Caltech community shall take unfair advantage of any other member of the Caltech community." Are Caltech students more moral than BYU students? Not likely. The difference is in the approach taken by the respective administrations. At Caltech, they just teach the correct principle and let the students govern themselves.
Personally, I favor the Hotel Utah solution. Just give BYU to the state of Utah, which obviously knows how to run universities (look what fine things have happened at UVSC the last ten years). All in favor, signify by the usual sign. Any opposed?
[word change edits, 3/17]