STUDENT HANDBOOK

Living in Christian Community

The Dordt College Community

At Dordt College we attempt to be a community of people dedicated to growing in the knowledge of God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and of his creation. We seek to apply this knowledge in each person's life as well as in the area of his or her chosen career. In other words, we seek to serve as well as to prepare for service in the kingdom of Jesus Christ.

Because the majority of Dordt students live on or near campus, Dordt is able to offer each person the experience of functioning as part of a unique community. While Dordt is a community of persons, it is more importantly a community of Christians. Thus, it seeks to model itself after the believing community which is described in Acts 2:42-47 as working together, praising God always, and constantly looking out for the needs of the rest of the community.

In addition we are exhorted to "...be likeminded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interest, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus." Phil. 2:2-5 NIV

In the spirit of these commands, Dordt assumes that all present and potential students will prayerfully consider that their responsibility involves seeking and upholding standards and behavior that enhance the welfare and best interests of the whole group. With the diverse needs of the many individuals that make up the Dordt College community in mind, certain behavioral standards have been developed. While only faith in Jesus Christ can provide the basis for our relationship to God, these standards have been adopted to promote both the growth and the testimony of our community.

Responsibilities of Membership in the Community

As a Christian college dedicated to the task of providing an education which is in accordance with the Word of God, Dordt strives to establish an environment that is conducive to the spiritual development and welfare of its students. Dordt College desires to have students who are men and women committed to Biblical-Christian principles of life.

The faculty, staff, and students at Dordt College constitute a Christian community in which all must seek to speak the truth in love as brothers and sisters in the Lord. Faculty, staff, and students should admonish and encourage one another unto lives of faithful obedience to him (Matt. 18:15-17). It is expected that students will strive to obey the Lord's teaching in every area of their lives on campus and off campus. Students who do not share this Christian view of life may not be in a position to appreciate Dordt College's educational experience. Students who come to Dordt should be fully prepared to abide by Christian standards and the policies adopted by the college.

With the above principles in mind, Dordt assumes that students will prayerfully comply with the guidelines listed in this handbook.