Students come to the Scholars’ Semester in Oxford from a variety of backgrounds and religious traditions and bring their different values and insights to the programme. SSO seeks to provide an environment within which all members can co-exist harmoniously and learn respect for each other. Faculty and students must avoid all expressions of racial, religious, and gender discrimination. While we do not require our students to uphold the Christian faith and tradition (Roman Catholic, Orthodox, or Protestant), we do require that each student should respect the tradition and, while a participant in this community, live according to its historically held precepts. Living in such a community requires participants to remember the “Golden Rule” in their dealings with one another: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” In keeping with the Christian tradition, students are expected to live a virtuous life.
All students are asked to sign and commit themselves to the following statement as part of their application form and prior to acceptance to the programme:
I HEREBY RECOGNISE that I will be participating in a Christ-centred community in Oxford, England, requiring an exemplary lifestyle in living and learning, and respect for members of this community and the surrounding local culture. While in the programme, I will endeavour to conduct myself in accordance with a Christ-centred life; cultivating actions it commends such as love, compassion, truthfulness, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. I will likewise refrain from dishonesty, plagiarism, drunkenness, sexual immorality, theft, violence, disruptive behaviour, racism, sexual harassment, and illicit or non-medical use of drugs, narcotics, and other substances. I will also honour any additional standards required by my home institution.
I UNDERSTAND that violation of any of these standards is grounds for disciplinary action, including possible immediate dismissal from the programme.
These are the standards by which all students live while participating in the programme.
Further information on behavioural standards and sanctions, including those of the University of Oxford, will be given on arrival.