Southern Methodist College requires students to abide by the rules, policies, and standards of conduct as stated in this catalog and in the Student Handbook. Students accepted for admission must read, understand, and respect the Doctrinal statement and affirm in writing their agreement to abide by the code of conduct of the College.
Student life affords many opportunities for both spiritual growth and ministry. Each student is required to attend Sunday services at a Bible-believing church.
Since Christian service is part of the Christian life, the College provides an emphasis on various service opportunities including evangelism, Christian education classes, and ministry in churches and parachurch organizations.
Recognition for achievement is wholesome; therefore, the College periodically recognizes accomplishments in various areas by honors and awards such as academics, school spirit, continuing education, and others as deemed appropriate by the Administration.
Southern Methodist College, as a Christian institution, is committed to spiritual growth and the development of Christian standards in the life of each student, for Scripture teaches, “…be an example to the believers, in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity” (1 Timothy 4:12, NKJV). The College desires that each student make a personal commitment to live a life pleasing to the Lord.
The philosophy of Southern Methodist College is based upon the traditional teachings of Methodism, and the College strives to incorporate this philosophy into the lives of the students. Since Methodism has traditionally regulated all phases of the lives of its followers to the Christian ideal, and since education is preparation for life, the College, holding true to these ideals, states reasonable regulations for its students in various phases of student life in order to establish an environment which encourages conformity to the image of Christ.
Traditionally, Methodists have been known for their characteristics of orderliness, self‑discipline, and propriety in personal conduct. These ideals are consequently inherent in the regulations set forth by the College as the standards of conduct for all members of the student body.
Student life offers opportunities for spiritual growth and maturity. However, the College reserves the right to counsel, suspend, or dismiss any student whose attitude or conduct is contrary to the testimony and standards of Southern Methodist College.
Standards for on-campus dress and grooming are based on the importance of a Christian testimony, good taste, and a concern for modesty and neatness.