For more than two and a half centuries, we've lived according to two basic codes that define what honorable behavior means to us.
The first is the Code of Conduct, our promise to treat each other, members of the College community, and everyone else we meet as we would like to be treated:
"The Hampden-Sydney student will behave as a gentleman at all times and in all places."
The second principle is the Honor Code. We use it as a guide in every interaction - academic, professional, and social. By agreeing to follow it, we pledge our opposition to underhanded, illegal, or unethical behavior.
"The Hampden-Sydney student will not lie, cheat, or steal, nor tolerate those who do."
These ethical principles guide us in creating a safe and dignified community of mutual trust and respect. By constantly putting them into practice, we make them the core of a lifelong ethical standard.