Associated Press
By JENNIFER DOBNER – 2 days ago

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Brigham Young University has yanked the diploma of a man who created a calendar featuring shirtless Mormon missionaries and was later excommunicated from the church.

Chad Hardy of Las Vegas attended graduation ceremonies Aug. 15 after finishing up his last four units of study online in June. But on July 13, in between completing his studies and the graduation ceremony, he was excommunicated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

A Sept. 30 letter from Norman B. Finlinson, the school's executive director of student academic and advisement services, said a nonacademic hold was placed on Hardy's record after the church-owned university learned of the excommunication.

"If in the future you are reinstated as a member of the church in good standing, you are invited to contact my office regarding your possible eligibility for the awarding of a degree," Finlinson wrote.

Hardy, 31, plans to challenge the school's decision.

"I intend to fight this tooth-and-nail," said Hardy, who learned about the hold a month after graduation.

For reasons of confidentiality, BYU spokeswoman Carri Jenkins said she couldn't discuss Hardy's specific case. But Jenkins said all universities require students to be in good standing before a diploma is issued.

At BYU, that includes abiding by an honor code that dictates student conduct and behavior standards that mirror the religious principles of the church.

"We do make it clear that even though a student is cleared to walk at graduation, a student must still be in good standing from an academic point of view and an honor code point of view," she said.

Hardy's excommunication for conduct unbecoming a church member was rooted in his failure to pay tithing, a lapse in other religious obligations and, according to Las Vegas regional church elder Frank E. Davie, his involvement with the 2008 "Men on a Mission" calendar.

Hardy's calendar sold nearly 11,000 copies and features 12 returned church missionaries in mostly modest poses, minus their trademark white shirts, ties and black plastic name badges.

The calendar was intended to shake up the stuffy, cookie-cutter stereotype often associated with Mormons, Hardy said.

News reports of his excommunication helped sales of the 2008 calendar and have landed Hardy larger U.S. and international distribution contracts for the just-released 2009 edition, which carries a disclaimer that it is not directly affiliated with or endorsed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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Questions; are missionaries required to wear the "garments"? The story only mentions the "trademark white shirt, ties and black plastic name badges". Was Hardy still in BYU when he started the calendar or had he already graduated? If someone has already graduated and does something not approved of by the church and it gets press coverage, can BYU "cancel" their diploma?
He finished in 2002, walked and should have gotten his diploma but was informed that he needed 4 more religious credits to reach graduation. He finally got around to doing these this year and finished in June, before his excommunication but after his first calendar was released last year, and then walked again in August for graduation. When his diploma didn't come in the mail, he called and got a runaround until someone told him his diploma was being held. The church didn't get involved until president monson took over.
I believe chad had not graduated yet but was going too. Everyone at had an idea they would try to do something in regards to his diploma. Shhesh not only did they excommunicate him, while he still believed, but now they do this...How mean is that! He deserves and has earned that diploma.
Had he personally kept a low profile, he would have sailed under the radar just fine. The church has to keep up it's image to the rest of the world and Scott became an "example". His calendar was just too "different" to keep it quiet expecially with the world wide reconition the church has going in it's efforts to grow bigger and wealthier. I think they think they're in competition with the Catholic Church over title to the richest church in the world.
The dude should be thanking his lucky stars, not fighting to get back in...
He's not fighting to get back in at this point. He's just trying to get his diploma which he deserves.
How is he fighting back...Court?
He definitly should sue for that diploma. He definitly deserves it.
yah, he's just in the process of interviewing lawyers.
I sure hope he wins


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