Life In America: Can I See Your Beard Waiver, Sir?

I am always stunned when I hear things like this so when I came across this information in Eagleton’s new book I simply had to check for myself – it is true, you cannot have a beard and work/study at Brigham Young University:

All university male personnel are required to adhere to the Church Educational System Honor Code and the BYU Dress and Grooming Standards which state that “Men are expected to be clean-shaven; beards are not acceptable.”

Exceptions may be granted if an individual (1) has a documented medical condition which is exacerbated by shaving, (2) is performing in a theatrical event short-term, or (3) actively participates in an officially recognized religion which advocates the wearing of a beard as one of its religious tenets.

Faculty who fit one of these categories are required to obtain a beard waiver from the office of the Associate Academic Vice President—Faculty. Staff or administrative personnel may obtain the waiver by contacting Benefits Services. Anyone receiving a long-term beard waiver is required to update it every five years.

Full-time or part-time non-LDS faculty who are employed at BYU for one year or less may wear a beard, unless it is intended that they continue their employment with BYU for longer than one year. Since adjunct faculty, visiting scholars and cooperating professionals are not University employees, they are encouraged, but not required, to be clean shaven.

These procedures apply to full-time faculty, full-time staff and administrative employees, part-time employees, and to spouses and dependents who desire activity privileges.

I mean don’t get me wrong, beards are abomination (especially all the unnecessary grooming secretly associated with it), but this is at the school named after Brigham Young (pictured below) – how do their heads not explode?


5 thoughts on “Life In America: Can I See Your Beard Waiver, Sir?

    • Ahh, the old times – I still think you shouldn’t have worn your kippah or drop in a conversation here and there a hint that you very well might be one of the lost Hebrews, showing as a proof an indecently located tatoo of Moses.

      • I know! Definitely the wrong tack to take, but I wasn’t disturbed at all until the national anthem started blaring out of the speakers and most of the students dutifully stopped what they were doing and put the hand over their hearts. I believe it was then that the word “pogrom” floated into the front of my head…

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