Community Life Standards

We believe that a complete education cannot be achieved unless one possesses a sense of individual responsibility and personal honor. Specific college values and guidelines are stipulated in the following: Higher standards are all a part of a higher form of higher education. No drinking. There's a dress code. Students are expected to attend chapel each week. High standards, but that's what it means to live, work, and study in the Christian community that is Bryan College.

We understand that legalism is unhealthy and detrimental to spiritual and intellectual growth, so we view these standards as reasonable expectations that are appropriate for institutional effectiveness.

Since the Bible is not specific on all matters of human behavior, Christian communities historically have followed diverse practices in a number of areas such as dress, entertainment and separation. Each Christian community will have its own norms and standards which reflect its interpretation of Scripture, its response to its cultural environment and its tradition, and that is true of Bryan College as well.

The members of the Bryan College community, including students, faculty, and the administration, have established the following standards which apply at all times while the student is enrolled in the college. As part of the application procedure, applicants are required to affirm that they have read the statement of Community Life Standards of the college and that they agree to support these standards. In accordance with a biblical commitment to personal development, the college makes every effort to administer these standards redemptively. Those who demonstrate a desire for growth will find a community of support and encouragement. Students who are consistently unable or unwilling to adhere to these standards of behavior will not be permitted to remain at the college. The right of any student to a fair hearing and equitable treatment will in all cases be protected.
  1. Practices specifically forbidden in the Scriptures are not permitted. These include dishonesty, theft, vandalism, fornication, adultery, homosexual behavior, immodest dress, profanity, gossip, and drunkenness.
  2. Scripture explicitly teaches respect for governmental authority. Members of the college community are thus expected to uphold the laws of the local community, the state, and the nation.
  3. In a Christian academic community, academic dishonesty, including cheating, plagiarism, and misappropriation of library materials or other college property, is regarded as a serious violation of biblical standards.
  4. Abuse of one’s body is inappropriate for a Christian. Accordingly, members of the college community will refrain from the possession or use of harmful substances such as tobacco, unprescribed stimulants or depressants, hallucinogenic drugs, and alcoholic beverages.
  5. Practices are undesirable that inhibit a responsible use of talents and resources, or that encourage exposure to demeaning social surroundings. Since gambling, the possession and use of pornographic materials, and attendance at questionable performances are of this nature, members of the college community will refrain from them, whether in a public or a private setting.
  6. In order to facilitate orderly community life, students are expected to abide by other procedural rules and regulations which are disseminated through official campus publications including the Catalog, the Community Life Handbook, and the Announcer.
We urge you to review the Student Handbook to understand exactly what we expect from those who are part of our community.

The Honor Code

The Community Life Standards apply directly to the academic area through the Bryan College Honor Code. The Honor Code is simply stated: “Every student shall be honor bound to refrain from cheating (including plagiarism). Every student shall be honor bound to refrain from stealing. Every student shall be honor bound to refrain from lying. Any violation of this Honor Code can result in dismissal from the College.” The Bryan College Honor Code is designed to enhance academic uprightness on the campus.