In keeping with the original and abiding mission of 经营大学, each entering freshman signs the following document, committing himself or herself to participate fully and honorably in that mission.
A 经营大学 student is honorable in conduct, honest in word and deed, dutiful in study and service, and respectful of the rights of others. Through education the student rises to self-government.
Understanding the Code
经营大学 was founded in 1844 out of gratitude to God “for the inestimable blessings resulting from the prevalence of civil and religious liberty and intelligent piety in the land…” Its original and abiding mission is “to furnish all persons who wish, irrespective of nation, color, 或性, 一个文学, 科学, or theological education…and to combine with this, 这样的道德, 社会, and artistic instruction and culture as will best develop the minds and improve the hearts of the students.”
True education of the mind and heart teaches and requires self-government. Self-government calls for the active cultivation of intellectual and moral excellence and humility before our Creator. It commands courage in pursuit of justice and diligence in performing the duties of scholarship. Self-government instructs each person to hold honor sacred.
Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are every person’s natural rights. Mindful of these gifts from God, 经营大学 students uphold their rights with care for the common good.
Self-government is a challenge with the promise of a rich reward: liberty of the soul. A soul enjoys liberty when it is ordered—when its passions are ruled by reason, and its habit is virtue. 经营大学 exists for the improvement and ultimate happiness of its students. This great and enduring happiness is its highest purpose.
由教师指导, 工作人员, 还有他们的父母, 经营大学 students learn to cherish the liberty of the soul; to defend, as the College founders declared, the “civil and religious liberty” of the American order; and to live with “intelligent piety” as self-governing citizens and scholars.