Some students are seeing their “beard passes” revoked, and those who managed to keep them are being required to wear the passes on a lanyard around their neck.

Greg Piper at The College Fix reports:

BYU refuses to renew ‘beard passes’ for some students in claimed crackdown

Update on our summer story about the lengths to which male students at Brigham Young University will go to get permission to wear a beard at the school: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints schools are allegedly cracking down on even permitted beardos.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports that LDS Business College until recently forced bearded students to wear a lanyard with their beard permit (“They literally stopped, they pointed and they laughed,” one ashamed student said of others’ reaction), and BYU isn’t renewing permits for some students:

Students who had been pushing schools owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to loosen their beard bans worry the recent crackdown is in response to national news media attention after a September protest on BYU’s campus.

“If it isn’t a reaction, then it’s quite a coincidence,” said Shane Pittson, the 23-year-old international-relations major who led a BYU “Bike for Beards” rally in September.

But BYU spokeswoman Carri Jenkins counters that the school has not changed its policy. …

Jenkins said she doesn’t know why a student who had a pass one year might come up short the next.