New BYU president doesn’t mean new policy about caffeine


caffeinated-drinks-memeBYU students who were hoping that a change in president would bring a quick change to the no-caffeine policy on campus are going to be disappointed.

Kevin J Worthen takes over as BYU’s president on May 1 when Cecil O. Samuelson will be released. But Worthen has already told students in a recent interview with The Universe that the issue of caffeinated beverages being sold on campus is low on his list of things to worry about.

BYU’s long tradition of being a caffeine-free campus was met with its most resistance by students last October when Coca-Cola products containing caffeine ended up in several vending machines. Students quickly bought up the caffeinated beverages and the speculation started.

Some were convinced it was done on purpose in light of the upcoming football game against Georgia Tech, whose campus is near Coca-Cola headquarters in Atlanta. Others were convinced the caffeine ban was being lifted.

BYU spokeswoman, Carrie Jenkins, put the rumors to bed again with the actual explanation.

“No one caught the mistake when the vending machines were being stocked,” Jenkins said.

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A majority of BYU students say they want caffeinated beverages to be sold on campus, though not every student agrees.

A majority of students have expressed their desire to be able to buy caffeinated beverages on campus and question why it is not sold at BYU. Others do not care if they can or can’t buy caffeinated beverages at BYU. Some students say they don’t want it on their campus.

LDS church leaders do not strictly forbid the consumption of caffeine, and they even clarified the church’s stance on caffeine in September 2012 on the church’s website.

If Mormons are allowed to drink caffeine, and students have expressed the desire to buy caffeinated beverages on campus, then why is it not sold on campus?

Jenkins simply said, “This is the decision that has been made.”

Stating that she “wouldn’t be able to speculate” on the possibility of BYU’s new president allowing caffeine to be sold on campus or if this policy will ever change, it’s fairly safe to say that BYU isn’t changing its tune any time soon.



Kelly Haight is a BYU graduate with a degree in communications and an editing minor. Her emphasis was in journalism, and she enjoys covering sports, the arts and writing opinion-editorials. She also works full-time as a content editor for an SEO company.

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