2017-18 Honor code
Integrity, Truth, Virtue: Bluffton's honor code in the world
Bluffton's honor code celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2018. For 100 years, Bluffton students were taught to uphold the community of respect throughout their campus interactions.
For the 2017-18 anniversary, we explored Bluffton's legacy of honor on campus and
among graduates in the context of larger conversations about integrity and truth.
What habits are formed in the community of Bluffton University that may not be present
in other, competing narratives of honor? How do ideas of honor, truth and integrity
vary in different contexts and cultures? Can upholding a firm sense of honor ever
lead to less than honorable actions? How might integrity and respect be embodied in
various disciplines or work contexts? What habits supporting honor and integrity are
embedded in our athletic teams and might be applied in other areas? In our careers
and professions, how might we treat clients, patients, competitors, suppliers or audiences
for "internal" reasons of character and not just compliance to "external" standards?
Our summer reading text was "Quiet Strength: The Principles, Practices, and Priorities of a Winning Life," co-written by Tony Dungy and Nathan Whitaker. The book is a memoir of Tony Dungy's life as he explains the values that have directed his actions and helped him live with integrity through difficult times. Nathan Whitaker was the opening convocation speaker Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017.
HONOR CODE FORUM
Dr. Mark Bourassa, assistant dean of students, examined the historical context of honor codes in the United States as well as at Bluffton during the Nov. 14 Forum, “Bluffton’s Honor Code in the World.”
“Honor codes don’t work when they are simply sitting on the shelf,” explained Bourassa.
“They work best when we continually seek to engage with each other in understanding
the shared values that are embedded in our community.”
Jonathan Andreas was the 2017-18 civic engagement lecturer. He presented "Worthy of Honor" on April 10, 2018.
Dr. Jonathan Andreas, associate professor of economics, opened the Civic Engagement lecture at Bluffton University with a simple question: “What makes the world go round?”
“I’m an economist, and I am here to tell you that it is not money,” joked Andreas.