College life is an adventure in Christian living with all of its joys, frustrations, triumphs, failures, great moments, routines, experiments, patterns, decisions, hard work, leisure, growing, temptations, questions, fears, hope, faith, and love. It is living under special conditions, with many people from different backgrounds and different tastes; under social and intellectual pressures which may be greatly stimulating; and living with a new degree of individual responsibility for the conduct of one’s affairs.
Great decisions arise: the choice of a vocation, the choice or confirmation of spiritual direction, and often the choice of a marriage partner. There are challenges; there are exciting times. At the same time there are temptations: to seek form rather than substance; to worship creation rather than the Creator; to despair of success and to give up.
These factors, positive and negative, are not unique to college life. However, they are present particularly in the college years. The result is largely up to the individual, depending upon the degree of motivation and commitment that he chooses to exert. In the final analysis education is the responsibility of the individual. He/she must accept the responsibility for his/her own education.
Perhaps the best advice is simply to plunge in wholeheartedly, actively and creatively. Hard work and openness to new truth from books, from associates and from God can make college life a great experience. For each member of the college community we seek the development of spiritual insights and values stemming from a commitment to Christ as Lord and Saviour. The religious life, a personal matter capable of corporate expression and sharing, is at the heart of the college programme. Through chapel and other religious services, through classroom attitudes and through informal personal contacts we seek to motivate each learner to make a contribution to Christian service.
In the weekly college chapel services, members of the entire college community meet together for worship. Through the year there are times of special emphasis on evangelism, missions and personal Christian living. All learners are expected to attend all chapel services. All learners are expected to participate in the life of the College Church, or at a nearby church-in the Sunday and weekly activities-as faithful members should. Participation is co-ordinated through the internship programme at the College through the College Chaplain.
STANDARDS OF CONDUCT
The specific standards of conduct are those established by the General Rules in the Manual of the Church of the Nazarene:
• Doing what is enjoined in the Word of God – love God and man; evangelise; be courteous; be helpful; support the church; attend the means of grace.
• Avoiding evil of every kind: profanity; immorality; vices; quarrelling; gossip; dishonesty; pride of dress or behaviour; dishonourable entertainment.
• Abiding in fellowship with the church. (Refer to Article V Section 27, Sub-sections 1 – 3 in the Nazarene Church manual).
We expect Christian standards of morality to govern every personal relationship.
Men may not enter the women’s room under any circumstances except on duty, and vice versa.
Male Students may not visit a married female Student in the absence of her husband and vice versa.
The Student lounge is available for socializing till 23h30.
The use of alcoholic beverages, tobacco and non-prescription drugs is prohibited.
Certain forms of amusement are contrary to the Nazarene tradition (refer to the Manual of the Church of the Nazarene – Special Rules – Christian Article 34:1-6)
We expect unquestioned honesty. Cheating, stealing and gambling will not be tolerated.
Any Student becoming engaged must report the engagement to the Principal.
Pranking is defined as unacceptable behaviour, hurt to any individual or personal property. Pranking has no place on a Christian campus. We are here to learn and lift one another in Christ-like love, not to test the endurance of our brothers and sisters in Christ.
Courtesy to all, including punctuality is expected at all classes, chapels and meal times.
Being late is not excusable. Students who are consistently late will be disciplined.
No clothing may be worn, or posters and pictures displayed, which have offensive slogans or graphics.
The principle of sensitivity, consideration, and mutual responsibility to one’s fellows should be applied.
Students leaving the campus on weekends must personally sign out on the Student Bulletin Board in order that in case of an emergency they may be located.
All full-time Students are expected to attend all the College events. These have priority over employment times.
Students participating in official College functions may be excused, by special arrangement with the specific lecturer, from classes which conflict with the event, but will be responsible to secure notes and tender assignments for that class.
Any Student who is unable to be in class in time, or who is absent, must report the reason ahead of time to the lecturer involved.
Dress and College Uniform
In dress and physical appearance we seek practises that are in keeping with Christian modesty, simplicity, appropriateness, neatness, and cleanliness. Students are expected to conduct themselves and dress as befits ministers and Christian workers.
Students are expected to be involved in as many local church and district activities and programmes as possible, as long as such participation does not unduly interfere with the Student’s college responsibilities.
Each Student is expected to be involved in vital Christian outreach service.
The utmost courtesy and cooperation should be extended to the local churches and the districts at all times.
The best in education and the best in religion belong together. Holiness demands not only right living but also right thinking. Theology, ethics, and all areas of education must be presented clearly, be understood and become a means for moving each person closer to God. The college therefore strives to provide opportunity for the learner:
1. To continue to develop the ability to listen receptively, think critically, reason clearly, evaluate objectively, and communicate cogently and clearly.
2. To acquire attitudes which stimulate awareness both of oneself and of the total environment enabling him to respond creatively and positively.
3. To experience a personal encounter with and dynamic commitment to God in Christ and His way of life.
4. To develop the gifts of evangelism, preaching, pastoral leadership, administration, and counselling.
5. To develop such social, ethical, and professional skills as are necessary to function competently in is service-ministry to others.