Mission, Vision, Values & Covenant
The University of Mount Olive is a Christian faith-based, values-centered private institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition. We serve our students, our founding church, and our communities.
The University of Mount Olive will exemplify lifelong learning and engaged participation among our students, faculty, staff, and constituents. To serve our students, our founding church, and the communities in which we are located, we will:
- Provide our students – regardless of age, location, or learning style – a high quality education rooted in the liberal arts and strengthened by Christian values
- Enrich and support the ministries of our founding church
- Customize innovative and beneficial services to each community in which we are located
The following core values are fundamental to achieving our mission and vision and are articulated in our University Covenant:
- Honesty and Trustworthiness
- Justice and Courage
- Responsibility and Gratitude
- Caring and Respect
The University of Mount Olive strives for higher learning, higher standards and higher values for its board of trustees, administration, faculty, staff and students through its commitment to integrating a chosen set of virtues into all aspects of the University. These virtues illustrate what the University considers appropriate and necessary for fostering the development of a healthy, safe, and caring university community. The University community includes the board, administration, faculty, staff and students.
Established by the Original Free Will Baptist Church, the University of Mount Olive calls for each person in this community to demonstrate the virtues modeled by Jesus Christ who taught that the demands of the gospel could be summarized in one word: love…love the Lord thy God with all thy heart…soul…mind and…strength love thy neighbor as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these (Mark 12:30-31). The New Testament word for love is agape which has been defined as sacrificial love and the desire for the highest well being of other persons. This kind of love provides the conceptual framework for the discussion of the virtues that persons in this community are called to manifest.
The virtues are described below:
- Honesty & Trustworthiness: People who are honest tell the whole truth to people who have the right to know the truth, which includes telling the truth about issues that people may be unaware exist but which directly affect them. They do not shade the truth, withhold parts of the truth, or remain silent when others are misrepresenting the truth. People who are trustworthy keep promises, commitments, and confidences, and are steadfast in their honesty, support and loyalty.
- Justice & Courage: People who are just are fair in their interaction with others, treating them in ways that they themselves expect to be treated and are advocates for those who are not being treated justly. They do not place others at a disadvantage by harassing, intimidating, cheating, stealing, damaging their reputations or property, or in any other way deprive others of their rights to free speech, privacy, equal opportunity, and due process. Courageous people have a moral compass which they carry with them in all situations and follow it even when it costs them dearly. They do not rationalize their lack of courage by assuring themselves they can not correct the situation or it is not their responsibility to do so.
- Responsibility & Gratitude: People who are responsible accept full accountability for all of their behavior, including mistakes and wrongdoing, and do all in their power to undo any harm their behaviors have caused. They do not shirk opportunities to admit their mistakes by making excuses, blaming others, or diminishing the gravity of their mistakes. People who have gratitude acknowledge the help and support they receive from others and demonstrate their thankfulness in clear and meaningful ways. They do not ignore the help they receive from others, forget to acknowledge it or feel that they somehow deserve the help, and hence experience no need to express gratitude.
- Caring & Respect: Caring people are sensitive to the material, psychological, and spiritual needs of others, and are willing to make sacrifices to help others meet those needs, whether these individuals are friends or disenfranchised people. They do not assume a self-centered or permissive attitude, which frees them to concentrate on their own welfare and ignore that of everyone else. People who are respectful behave in a way that is appropriate for their environment including physical location, people and situation, and they are good stewards of our community. Respectable behavior mandates decent etiquette and quality of character.
In summary, the board of trustees, administration, faculty, staff, and students at the University of University of Mount Olive recognize the importance of Christian values and high standards of education. While people come to this university from many backgrounds, each person who chooses to be a part of this community is expected to strive for these high standards.
The University of Mount Olive does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, national or ethnic origin, age, or handicap in the administration of its personnel and educational policies. It admits all qualified students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students.