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Standard of Conduct

Standard of Conduct

>Students at Bethesda University are expected to lead a devout and holy life and to represent themselves as men and women under a call from God. They are to allow the Holy Spirit to examine their lives in the light of the sacred Scriptures. They are to demonstrate integrity in their personal lives and in their academic/professional work, and to show respect, concern, and proper behavior towards their colleagues and those in authority.

>The Code of Conduct is the basic criterion of behavior that represents a standard of Christ-like maturity for all who are a part of the university community.

>Recognizing that preparation for and involvement in the service of Christ requires personal commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ, Bethesda University expects the members of its community to develop a consistent program leading to spiritual growth and maturity.  The program should include the following:


1.  Disciplined Bible study.  A consistent personal study of the Bible is essential for spiritual growth, and we are to "long for the pure milk of the Word" (1 Pet. 2:2). The Word has the power to reach the innermost parts of our being (Heb. 4:12) and to enable us to stand firm for Christ (Eph. 6:17).


2. Persistent prayer.  By personal example, Jesus taught us the necessity of praying regularly and consistently, and  the Bible exhorts us to "pray continually" (I Thess. 5:17),  including  prayer in the Spirit (1 Cor. 14).


3.  Discipleship.  The Apostle Paul encourages believers to use as a model faithful disciples, and to pattern their lives after them (Phil. 3:17).  Since discipleship involves the development of personal relationships for spiritual goals, members of the Bethesda University community should form personal friendships, structured accountability relationships, and/or small group fellowships.


4. Church Attendance.  The Bible instructs believers not to forsake assembling together as they submit themselves to the life and leadership of a local church (Heb. 10:25; 1 Cor. 16:13-16).  Consequently, all members of the Bethesda University community should establish a church home and regularly attend worship services.


5. Christian Ministry.  Every Christian is to be involved actively in some form of ministry (Eph. 4:16-18), because we are God’s “workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works" (Eph. 2:10).  Therefore, all members of the Bethesda University community should be involved in some expression of Christian service and exercise spiritual gifts for the edification of the body.

>Recognizing that preparation for and involvement in the service of Christ requires a lifestyle consistent with an effective Christ-like witness and one which exemplifies a life of integrity and Christian values, the university expects the following of its community members:


1. Maintain a blameless testimony.  The Bible commands Christians not to be conformed to this world (Rom.12:2), but to be "holy in all" their conduct (I Pet. 1: 15,16).  To maintain a blameless testimony as Christian leaders, members of the Bethesda University community must totally abstain from such activities as all forms of sexual immorality, including fornication, adultery, homosexuality, and the use of pornography; the manufacture, distribution, possession, or use of illegal drugs or harmful substances; the abuse of alcoholic beverages; smoking; entertainment that stimulates the flesh; and occult practices.  They must also avoid other practices that are equally unworthy, such as profanity, obscenity, a disuniting spirit, and dishonesty, including plagiarism.


2. Respect peers and those in authority.  There should be mutual love, honor, and respect among the Bethesda University community (Rom. 12:10; 1 John 4:21; 1 Pet. 2:17; Heb.13:16,17).


3. Refrain from discrimination and harassment.  All forms of racial and gender discrimination are violations of God's laws (Acts 10:34; Gal. 3:28).  In keeping with its commitment to provide a learning and working environment that is free of discrimination, Bethesda University strictly prohibits all forms of unlawful harassment.


4. Practice biblical standards in dating and marriage.  Bethesda University expects members of its community to observe biblical standards pertaining to moral purity. God's Word does not condone either pre- or extra-marital sexual activity (I Thess. 4).


5. Maintain appropriate appearance and dress.  Recognizing that members of Bethesda University community are called to be leaders in the Church and in society, the university requires its members to follow standards of modesty in dress and appearance.  The Bible exhorts believers to be examples to those around them (I Tim.4:12) and to give no offense to others (I Cor. 10:32).  Therefore, members of the Bethesda University community should never allow their appearance to be a stumbling block to anyone.

Student conduct is under the supervision of the Student Dean's Office.  Bethesda University reserves the right to dismiss, after due process, a student whose conduct is considered unsatisfactory. Demonstration of appropriate qualities of Christian character is a graduation requirement.