The Carolina Creed
The University of South Carolina adopted the Carolinian Creed in 1990 as the university’s social honor code. The Creed’s creation took a unique approach to solving issues of intolerance on a college campus. Instead of limiting student’s rights through the creation of more rules, it set an example for all to follow. The creed reflects a concern for all members of the university community as individuals, providing each with membership in our community and a genuine sense of inclusion. Allegiance to the ideals of the Creed requires each Carolinian to refrain from and discourage behaviors, which threaten the freedom and respect every individual deserves.
The community of scholars at the University of South Carolina is dedicated to personal and academic excellence. We know that students, faculty and staff thrive in inclusive environments, where diversity is respected and the general principles of civility are practiced. Our goal is to help foster a healthy campus climate.
Spring 2016, the Office of the President and the Office of the Provost launched the university’s PULSE surveys. These surveys will be administered to undergraduate students (spring 2016), faculty and staff (spring 2017), and graduate students (fall 2017) to provide the university with a baseline of data regarding the campus climate. The data will be used to help inform the ways in which we are, or are not, living up to our values expressed in the Carolinian Creed. We will continuously work to foster a respectful, inclusive university community, and improve the working and learning environment at the University of South Carolina.
We must continue to affirm our Carolinian Creed as not only a formal statement of our values, but also a commitment to actions that help every member of our university community to feel that they are supported, respected and valued.
President Harris Pastides