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Ernest Wilkinson and the Transformation of BYU's Honor Code, 1965-71
Ernest Wilkinson and the Transformation of BYU's Honor Code, 1965-71 Bryan Waterman For the first fourteen years of his tenure as president of BYU (1951-65), Ernest Wilkinson was largely occupied with expanding the school's size and its academic reputation. His goal of creating the world's most important university depended, he believed, on controlling not only academic and political life for faculty, but also social life for students. He oversaw aspects of student life as minute as what music could be played on campus, what dances could be danced, what movies could be shown, and, perhaps of greatest concern, what clothes could be worn (especially by women) and what hair-styles could be sported (especially by men). Such examples of student control were largely facilitated by Wilkinson's conceptual shift from a student code of honor to what he called a "code of conduct."1 Wilkinson's efforts to use the honor code to control student behavior began in earnest in the mid-1960s and were prompted by transformations in the larger American culture. The late 1950s and early 1960s witnessed a shift in national government from the Republicanism of the Eisenhower era to the Democratic Kennedy and Johnson administrations. National media attention shifted from the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) to the civil rights movement and growing resistance to U.S. involvement in Vietnam. In this climate Wilkinson began to pay as much attention to national politics as to BYU expansion. In the late 1950s he began to consider invitations to run for the U.S. senate but always con- 1. Ernest L. Wilkinson, ed., Brigham Young University: The First One Hundred Years, 4 vols. (Provo, UT: Brigham Young University Press, 1975-76), 3:327. The best previous treatment of BYU's honor code is Gary James Bergera and Ronald Priddis, Brigham Young University: A House of Faith (Salt Lake City: Signature Books, 1985), 107-20.