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How We Live

Wesley College is an educationally purposeful community . . . where faculty and students share academic goals and join in a common intellectual quest. Teaching and learning are the central functions of the College and should require more of a student’s time than any other activity of the College.

Wesley College is an open community . . . where freedom of expression is protected and where civility is powerfully affirmed. The very quality of the College is measured by the quality of communications within the College. A climate of reasoned discourse will prevail here on the strength of clarity of written and oral expression, and on the strength of that expression’s civility.

Wesley College is a just community . . . where the sacredness of each person is honored and where diversity is pursued. Higher learning at this College builds community out of the rich resources of its members. It rejects prejudicial judgments, celebrates diversity, and seeks to serve the full range of citizens in our society effectively. Life in this community will be both equitable and fair.

Wesley College is a disciplined community . . . where individuals accept their obligations to the group and where well-defined governance procedures guide behavior for the common good. This community of learning will be guided by standards of student conduct that define acceptable behavior and integrate the academic and non-academic dimensions of campus life.

Wesley College is a caring community . . . where the well-being of each member is sensitively supported and where service to others is encouraged. This community will engage in the human enterprises of educating and helping students make a connection between what they learn and how they live.

Wesley College is a celebrative community . . . where the heritage of the institution is remembered and where rituals affirming both tradition and change are widely shared. Meaningfully designed celebrations will sustain the vitality and continuity of this community.

Wesley College maintains regulations governing student conduct because as a college community it is responsible for promoting a way of life that is wholesome and pleasant. To implement regulations, the College relies primarily on each student’s personal sense of honor, humanity, and responsibility.

Believing that intellectual and personal development are fostered by an atmosphere which stresses freedom as well as responsibility to one’s self and others, Wesley is committed to the development of such attributes as integrity, human dignity, and concern for others.

Community Expectations

Wesley College is a community where faculty, staff, and students attempt to work and live together in openness and mutual respect. The College’s goal is to help its members develop their full intellectual capacities, spiritual and ethical awareness, sense of social responsibility, and enthusiasm for living. Central to this is an emphasis on community and the network of human relationships sustained by a sense of common purpose, mutual caring, and respect. The community’s expectations are demanding of individuals, but also supportive of them.

All students who choose Wesley as their College make a commitment to conduct their lives in a manner which reflects a sense of responsibility and caring for the sensitivities of the community. All Wesley community members assume the responsibility for regulating their personal conduct on the campus and at College-sponsored activities.

We expect you, as well as all members of the community, to:

  1. Treat one another with respect, dignity, and sensitivity;
  2. Not abuse or misuse College property or the property of others;
  3. Act with concern for the well-being and safety of others;
  4. Conduct College activities according to local, state, and federal laws;
  5. Take an active role in the growth of the Wesley community.

These expectations are based on an understanding of the growth and development of college students, particularly the relationship between the development of intellect and emotions. Of special significance is the formation of the value framework which supports each student’s decision-making process. Values enable choice based on sound information and the ability to select from among options and the consequences which accompany them.

(Adapted from Ernest Boyer’s Campus Life: In Search of Community)