Code of Christian Conduct
Nicaea Academy: Code of Christian Conduct
Nicaea Academy is dedicated to developing young people of Christian character and integrity. Our faculty and staff attempt to promote a loving, positive attitude toward disciplining the students in our care.
We believe that discipline means to direct or change a person’s behavior in an effective and, whenever possible, non-degrading manner. Discipline is a process; therefore, our goal is to help students conduct themselves at all times in a manner becoming of a Christian.
Nicaea Academy recognizes that while Scriptures do not provide specific teaching regarding all social practices, they do advocate self-restraint in that which is harmful (1 Corinthians 6:19) or offensive to others (1 Corinthians 8:9). Christian conduct is expected of students at all times (both on and off campus). As we commit ourselves to a code of conduct that glorifies the Lord no matter where we are, it will benefit others as well as ourselves.
Within the school setting there are certain character traits which please God and promote positive relationships:
“Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, live as brothers, be compassionate and humble.” (I Peter 3:8, NIV) Our actions and our speech quickly convey to others the factors which motivate us in our relationships. We must daily practice being courteous to those we associate with, and go out of our way to live in harmony with them. Simple action and words can go a long way to express our love and concern for others. Coupled with our desire to be courteous should also be a desire to show respect for those in authority over us. We should respond to them in a manner that shows our appreciation to them for accepting the responsibility placed on them by God to assume a position of leadership.
“Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.” (Phil 4:5, KJV) The quality of our school community is largely affected by our desire to practice moderation in our behavior. We function best in a calm, quiet, controlled environment. We must constantly recognize that our failure to practice moderation in words, actions and lifestyle, impacts the ability of those around us. Practicing self-control as a student body will create an environment that is conducive to learning.
“The man of integrity walks securely, but he who takes crooked paths will be found out.” (Prov. 10:9 NIV) A school environment that is based on integrity provides a setting of peace and trust. We must maintain a school that is based on honesty of word and action. There should be no hidden meaning in what we say and our actions must always be open to public scrutiny. There is great comfort and a sense of security and peace in an environment where practicing integrity is the norm.
“Dear friends, let us practice loving each other, for love comes from God and those who are loving and kind show that they are the children of God, and that they are getting to know Him better.” (I John 4:7 LB) Loving others first is not a character trait that comes easily to us. Our first desire is to put ourselves first. We must constantly strive to “practice” loving one another and to put the needs and well-being of others first.
We Expect the Student to Adhere to the Following Standards:
- to observe Biblical morality in all relationships, word and deed. “Now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light, for the fruit of light consists of all goodness, righteousness and truth.” (Eph 5:8,9)
- to act with integrity. “I know my God that you test the heart and are pleased with integrity.” (I Chron.29:7)
- to practice self-control. “Live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age.” (Titus 2:12)
- to preserve personal purity. “Keep yourself pure.” (I Tim. 5:22)
- to approach the school and its program with a positive Christian attitude and refrain from negativism either in action, word, or appearance. “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy, think about such things.” (Phil 4:8)
- to respond properly to the authority of the home and school. “Obey your leaders and submit to their authority.” (Heb. 13:17)
- to regard others with courtesy. “So in everything do to others what you would have them do to you.” (Matt. 7:12)
- to refrain from the possession, purchase, use, sale, and/or distribution of any alcoholic beverages, drug substances (which includes tobacco and tobacco products), drug-like substances, and/or any other drug paraphernalia. “Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore, honor God with your body.” (I Cor. 6:19,20)
- to refrain from possession of firearms, or any object used, intended or disguised as a weapon while on school property or a school-sponsored function. “For all who live by the sword will die by the sword.” (Matt. 26:52)