How Does a Brigham Young Univ. Student Grow a Beard?

By visiting a doctor and filling out lots of paperwork. I wonder if you could cut down on some of that if you just grow a moustache?

A student who wishes to obtain a beard exception must visit a BYU Student Health Center doctor by appointment (422.5156). The doctor will fax his recommendation. The student then needs to come to the Honor Code Office to fill out some paperwork and receive the letter allowing the growth of the beard, if approved. If a yearly beard exception is granted, a new Student ID will be issued after the beard has been fully grown, and must be renewed every year by repeating the process.

If a request is granted for a temporary or more permanent beard exception the student will be notified by the Honor Code Office; at which time the student will come into the office to complete the necessary paperwork. After completion of this process the student may then grow a full beard according the guidelines given.

(via J-Walk)


  1. Wow – finally something crappy for the guys to deal with. Go Jebus!!! Wait?!?! Did Jebus need permission to grow HIS?!?!?! Hey!!!!

  2. Being a religious school, shouldn’t they require beards? Leviticus 19:27 seems to forbid shaving. Or do Mormons not have Leviticus in their Bible?

  3. Fuck that, shaving sucks.

    A friend of mine was recently in Salt Lake City for work and told me that there isn’t a single coffee maker anywhere on the BYU campus. I don’t even understand how those people are alive.

  4. Plenty of people get away with beards there, they just have to shave before entering the testing center or they could be turned away.

  5. As we know, Jesus was all about checking with the local authorities for permission, particularly in matters of personal hygiene.

  6. I have some ancestors from the mid-1800’s who were Mormons. We’ve got pictures of them, and holy moly, you ought to see the Old-Testament-prophet beards they had. They could stroll on stage with ZZ Top and no one would bat an eye.

  7. One other thing I’m curious about, do Mormon girls who want to shave or wax their junk have to get permission too? Is there any teaching of the Church on this topic?

  8. Is there any teaching of the Church on this topic?

    Sadly, there probably is. God appears to be the ultimate micromanager.

  9. In the British Navy a ship’s captain could give “permission to abstain from use of the razor.” My skipper adopted that rule for his ship; worked fine.

    1. The only 100% absolute, sine qua non requirements in the British Navy are rum, sodomy and the lash.

  10. BYU banned facial hair when those dang hippies started growing beards. All the General Authorities of the church shaved their beards around that same time. Prior to that time, they considered beards a mark of wisdom, rather than rebellion.

    My dislike of shaving was one big reason I chose not to attend BYU as a teenager. The other being the rule against girls wearing shorts.

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