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Honor Code: More than signing away college life

Students pile into chapel at the start of every year, recite the honor code and pledge to follow all the standards listed. The Honor Code is an integral part of ORU, yet many students fail to understand its importance. Signing the honor code is a serious commitment and while many may not see it, the rules and standards listed in it have created an atmosphere beneficial to students, faculty and staff.

The Honor Code discourages toxic behaviors prevalent on many college campuses. There are many physical, social and moral dangers college students face daily. Two blaring examples are drug and alcohol abuse and sexual

assault.
Students are specifically instructed to abstain from consuming alcohol as well as any immoral sexual acts. According to Gayle Wells, a Journal of American College Health contributer, students who attend a secular university are four times more likely to be moderate or heavy drinkers than students attending a religiously affiliated college.
Sexual assault and rape is a growing problem on college campuses across the U.S. According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, 1-in-5 women and 1-in-16 men are sexually assaulted while in college.
More than 300 institutions are currently under federal investigation for Title IX violations and how they have handled such cases.
The Honor Code is not a list of impossible rules and regulations set by a rigid administration: it is a way of living unto a higher standard.
Yes, students are adults, and there is freedom in being over 18 or 21. Before saying, “I can drink because I’m an adult,” understand being a true adult doesn’t mean getting to do anything and everything.
The first paragraph of the Honor Code says, “It is therefore my personal commitment to be a person of integrity in my attitude and respect for what Oral Roberts University is in its calling to be a Christian University.”
This statement is exactly what the Honor Code should mean to each member of the student body: a personal commitment.
Pursuing education wholeheartedly, growing in Christ, taking care of the body and respecting fellow students should be daily goals. These commitments are nothing to sneer or joke about. Take the honor code seriously and strive to keep every word whether freshman or senior. The more students who take the honor code to the heart, the better the student body will be.

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