History of the Carolinian Creed
The administration at the University of South Carolina was inspired to take action
after a string of violent incidents began occuring on college campuses in the late
1980's. A task force of students, faculty and staff was formed to respond to these
disturbing events and explore ways to cultivate a culture on our campus that prioritized
integrity above enmity.
In 1990, The Carolinian Creed was established as the university’s social honor code.
The Creed approached these issues in a unique way; instead of limiting student’s rights,
it empowered students to set an example for all to follow.
The Carolinian Creed (pdf) »
Additional ways the Creed is integrated into campus culture:
- All students sign the Carolinian Creed as a part of their Undergraduate Addmissions Application.
- During Fall Convocation the President of the Student Government presents the Creed to a selected first year student on stage and asks the student to accept it and commit to its ideals on behalf of the Freshman Class.
- Students, faculty, and staff encounter framed copies or brass plaques of the Creed in offices across campus.
- Officer induction’s for various student groups include the Creed in their pledges.
- At the Leadership & Services awards the Creed Champion award is awarded to both a student and faculty/staff member who has exemplified the tenets of the Creed in his/her campus involvement.
- University 101 faculty extensively cover the Creed in their course.
Carolinian Creed Champion Award
The Carolinian Creed Champion Award recognizes individuals who have made significant and extraordinary contributions to the Carolina community while embodying the values espoused in the Carolinian Creed.
University of South Carolina-Columbia faculty, staff and students may be nominated for the award. The student winner is announced as a part of the Leadership and Service Awards »
The Creed in the Classroom
As faculty members, you serve as ambassadors of the Carolinian Creed. Incorporate the Creed into your work at the university.
- Add a statement to your syllabus:
"The community of scholars at the University of South Carolina is dedicated to personal and academic excellence. Choosing to join the community obligates each member to the Carolinian Creed. Academic dialogue and civil discourse are the cornerstone of the educational system and crucial to individual growth. Students are encouraged to practice personal and academic integrity, respect the rights and dignity of all persons, respect the rights and property of others, discourage bigotry, while striving to learn from differences in people, ideas, and opinions, and demonstrate concern for others, their feelings, and their need for conditions which support their work and development."
- Print the Creed on the back of your department’s business cards
- Ask students to write, “I will practice personal and academic integrity” on the front page of their exam booklet.
- Have students participate in the Creed & Diversity Week contest in November.
- Use the Carolinian Creed in your e-mail signature.