BYU Suspends Basketball Star for Honor Code Violation

March 3, 2011

Brandon Davies, a key player on the men’s basketball team at Brigham Young University, was dismissed from the team Tuesday for a violation of the institution’s strict honor code. BYU has enjoyed high-profile success so far this basketball season; it is currently ranked third in the nation. University officials did not comment on the nature of Davies's offense, though they confirmed Wednesday he was not involved in anything criminal. BYU’s honor code is known for its all-encompassing nature. For example, it stipulates that students “live a chaste and virtuous life,” “use clean language,” “abstain from alcoholic beverages, tobacco, tea, coffee and substance abuse,” and “observe the dress and grooming standards,” among other provisions. This is not the first time that a high-profile athlete has been dismissed at BYU. Last fall, Harvey Unga was suspended from the football team for an honor code violation; he was the team’s leading rusher at the time.

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