Mission and Honor Code

The mission of Wells College is to educate students to think critically, reason wisely, and act humanely as they cultivate meaningful lives.

Honor Code

Community honor shall be the basis of student government at Wells College. The principle of community honor is based on the pledge of each member of the student body to be honest and trustworthy in the conduct of her or his collegiate life as it is defined or encompassed by the Collegiate Constitution. Wells College students are under community obligation and pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, deceive, or conceal in the conduct of their collegiate life as defined or encompassed by the Collegiate Constitution. Each student is obligated to report violations of community honor involving her or himself to a member of the appropriate judicial body within 24 hours. A member of the student body, member of the faculty, or member of the administration or staff who is witness to a violation (or an admission of a violation) of community honor has the responsibility to urge the offender to report her or himself. If the offender fails to do so, the obligation falls to the witness.

Institutional Core Values

As an institution of higher education, Wells College values:

  1. Learning founded on challenging and intellectual inquiry, requiring active student engagement, done with honor, and resulting in a transformative experience.
  2. Continuing emotional, intellectual, and social development which involves self-reflection and continual adaptation
  3. Interpersonal relationships and social interactions built in community
  4. An awareness and sensitivity to differences that encourages open-mindedness and responsible action
  5. Creativity
  6. People as unique individuals

Community Standards Statement

Wells College strives to become a diverse and inclusive community where individuals live, work, teach and learn with a goal of promoting and maintaining an atmosphere of respect. Membership is a privilege that requires all individuals to treat others humanely, and with mutual understanding and tolerance. Wells College fosters an environment in which free speech, openness, acceptance, and inclusion—even of those ideas or beliefs that may be controversial—are appreciated and considered in their appropriate settings.

Discrimination on the basis of (but not limited to) race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, sex, age, varying physical or mental abilities, sexual orientation, gender identity, or political beliefs will not be tolerated. Verbally or physically abusive or harassing behavior that makes the College atmosphere intimidating, hostile, or threatening is unacceptable. All community members are subject to the laws that govern the rest of society.