Point Counter-Point: Is BYU’s athlete suspension righteous or ridiculous?
With everything in the news lately, honor codes are a hot topic. Brigham Young University (BYU) recently suspended a star athlete for violating their honor code. He admitted to having premarital sex with his girlfriend. He is likely to return next season. Even though it was his decision to take such actions, he did violate the honor code that he signed. Every student that enters BYU signs a code that shows their personal commitment to the school and their values. The honor code at Brigham Young does not come as a surprise.
The idea of an honor code seems silly, but to BYU is a way of life. It tells its students how to live their lives. It may seem crazy that a student-athlete had to be suspended for such actions but when you sign a paper that is held with such high regard then response action should be taken. It is not only in the school’s best interest but also the athlete’s interest. Why should responses be less just because you are an athlete? They should not be because you are a student first and foremost and an athlete after all whi signed the honor code.
Based on the high religious values of BYU, an honor code only seems fair. He may not be the only one to have violated it, but he made it public. If BYU were to brush this off, what signal would that send to other students? How would other universities that implement similar codes react to a school not following their own? I respect BYU’s decision to take action because they are following their own honor code and moral values as a university. They are willing to act and even if it costs them games in the end.
Inflamed and Inconsistent
The story coming from BYU isn’t that they suspended a star player. It’s not that they lost their next game after they suspended him. The big news is that a school is following its honor code. Really? That’s news? This is what is wrong with the NCAA. Jim Tressel can know that his players are selling their jerseys for tattoos and he gets a two game suspension. His players got five games. The coach who know about it gets less than the players who are just poor student-athletes. C’mon man!! First off, I do not buy the concept of student-athletes at Division I schools, especially if they are star players. Student-athletes are found in Division II and Division III. They are found at Carroll. Student-athlete’s at Carroll have to do make up their homework when they travel for sports. How many of the players in this month’s NCAA tournament are going to get a free pass on their term paper, particularly if their team does well. I’m not going to say no one does any work in Division I. However, I will say that for some it is simply a pit stop on the road to the pros. I can see why we have a fascination with the fact that BYU is taking the moral high ground, but that’s what they are supposed to do. It’s not just because they are a religious institution. It’s because they are an institution of higher learning. It shouldn’t be a big deal that a school did what it supposed to. However, people want to argue BYU did a great thing. It is a great thing. It just happens that every other school in the country should have done it too. The different standards schools apply is one thing, academics are different at Harvard then they are at UW-Milwaukee. I am fine with different schools having different standards. I just want all the rules to be enforced, all the time.