A cadet, by voluntarily joining the College community, assumes responsibility for abiding by the standards that have been instituted by the College for Officer Training. Cadets are advised to read this Community Guidelines carefully to be aware of the policies which inform the College. The code of cadet responsibility was developed to give formal recognition to the rights and responsibilities of cadets at the College for Officer Training and is based on the following principles.
- The intrinsic value of the person stands above other values. The personal rights and dignity of individuals are to be held inviolate to take precedence over any academic goal set forth by the College.
- A cadet is respected as a responsible person. They therefore are encouraged to make informed decisions with respect to their own education/spirituality and to be involved in College decisions to the fullest extent possible.
- Just as the individual cadet has their own personal right, so the College has an obligation to exercise its rights and privileges in conformity with the laws and procedures governing its actions.
- The CFOT recognizes that freedom to teach and freedom to learn depend upon opportunities and conditions in the classroom, on the campus and in the larger community. The responsibility to secure and respect general conditions conducive to learning is shared by all members of the academic/spiritual community. Freedom is meaningless unless responsibility is also present.
As a result of the high caliber of men and women the CFOT attracts, the code of student responsibility reflects the emphasis on responsibility in spiritual, academic, and non-academic areas of College life. It is the intent of these guidelines to provide support for the educational and religious aims of this College without unduly restricting or diminishing the College community experience. This document outlines the minimum acceptable level of conduct, expected of every cadet at the CFOT. The policies and procedures outlined are those that cadets, faculty and administrators at the College have designed to further the education or religious aims of the College and to assist all cadets in the pursuit of their educational, spiritual, personal and social development.