HONOR includes adherence to the Honor Code of The Citadel. A cadet “will not lie, cheat or steal, nor tolerate those who do.” The commitment to honor extends beyond the gates of The Citadel and is a life-long obligation to moral and ethical behavior. In addition, honor includes integrity—“doing the right thing when no one is watching.” Finally, honorable behavior includes exercising the moral courage to “do the right thing when everyone is watching.” The Honor Code is the foundation of our academic enterprise.
DUTY means to accept and accomplish the responsibilities assigned to me. At The Citadel, my primary duty is to perform academically and then to perform as a member of the Corps of Cadets and the campus community. I accept the consequences associated with my performance and actions. Once I have held myself accountable for my actions, then I will hold others accountable for their actions. Finally, duty means that others can depend on me to complete my assignments and to assist them with their assignments. Duty is also a call to serve others before self.
RESPECT means to treat other people with dignity and worth—the way you want others to treat you. Respect for others eliminates any form of prejudice, discrimination or harassment (including but not limited to rank, position, age, race, color, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, religion or physical attributes). In addition, respect for others means to respect the positions of those in authority which include faculty, staff, administrators, active duty personnel, and the leadership of the Corps of Cadets. Finally, respect includes a healthy respect for oneself.