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A COLLEGE FOR GOOD CITIZENS All students agree to follow these two principles in their daily lives: The Hampden-Sydney Man will behave as a gentleman at all times and in all places. The Hampden-Sydney Man will not lie, cheat, or steal, nor tolerate those who do. The first act you make as a new Hampden-Sydney student is to sign the College’s Honor Code. The Honor Code is a set of ethical principles central to what it means to be a member of this community. It is both simple—each student pledges not to lie, cheat, steal, or tolerate those who do—and profound, defining a Hampden-Sydney Man’s academic, professional, and social actions at all times and in all places, not only during his years as a student here, but for the rest of his life. At its heart, the Honor Code demonstrates respect for the maturity and integrity of our students, and in turn our students hold a deep respect for the Honor Code and take it very seriously. The Honor System is governed entirely by students, with a student-elected Student Court overseeing trials for any student accused of violating the Honor Code. For its focus on the ideal that a man’s word should be his bond, Hampden-Sydney has earned recognition from the Templeton Foundation as one of the top colleges in the country for building character in its students. “Signing the Honor Code and understanding the trust instilled in us was one of the most meaningful events of my life.” WILLIAM S. FUSSY, Junior, Waxhaw, NC “The kind of student attracted to Hampden-Sydney is one who wants to be challenged in the classroom and who wants to be challenged to grow personally.” AUSTIN L. FOCKLER, Sophomore Richmond, VA “At Hampden-Sydney, you hone your moral compass. ‘Good men, good citizens’ is the mantra for the College.” W. CHARLES BLOCKER, JR. ’84 Bangkok, Thailand “Hampden-Sydney provides an opportunity for men to grow in a way that they could not elsewhere.” J. RYAN WAUGH, Freshman, McLean, VA MATTHEW P. EVERSMANN ’88 VP, Leadership Development DATUM, LLC U.S. Army (retired) Inspired the film Black Hawk Down Matt Eversmann flew in the real Black Hawk Down. (Josh Hartnett played him in the film.) After a stint as a student court chairman at H-SC, Eversmann joined the Army “on a whim.” Four years later, he was sent on a U.N. peace-keeping mission to Somalia, where he became an accidental hero, leading stranded U.S. soldiers in a 15-hour fight for their lives. “Personal integrity and knowing how to treat people with respect are fundamental tenets of leadership,” he says, “especially in trying circumstances. And that’s what I took away from Hampden-Sydney.”


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