THE BYLAWS OF THE COLLEGE
The purpose and character of Muhlenberg College as an institution of higher education "in an atmosphere of Christian culture" (Charter, Article II) are explicated as follows:
A. Muhlenberg is a private, church-related, non-profit, co-educational liberal arts college, dedicated to the proposition that "making real a thorough academic and cultural preparation for all avenues of life" (Charter, Article II) involves the provision of opportunities for students not only to develop their intellects and engage in activities to promote their physical well-being, but also to deepen their spiritual insights and expand their social sensitivities. The purpose is to further personal growth, where knowledge will be coupled with understanding, individual freedom will be exercised in the context of corporate responsibility, ambitions will be informed through a wider perspective of the human experience, and decision-making will be enhanced by ultimate values.
Basic to the fulfillment of this purpose are, among other factors:
The maintenance of high academic standards, with a faculty which is both scholarly and skilled in teaching and which, together with members of the administration, is concerned with the growth of persons.
An emphasis upon the achievement of mutual respect and trust in a campus community wherein the common search for truth and meaning is open-minded, conducted both in the classroom and through a variety of stimulating individual group relationships, including the Christian witness within the universal church.
A community of students, faculty and administrators which will include persons bringing to the College perspectives of traditions and insights from various races, cultures and socio-economic sectors of the human family.
The provision of facilities and equipment adequate to the attainment of the intellectual, spiritual, social, and physical goals specified above.
B. The "church-related" character of Muhlenberg signifies the mutual concern of the Church and College regarding the search for identity and meaning in life, which both partners regard as indispensable to the educational process. The Church cherishes the academic traditions and does not demand particular requirements in belief, worship, and lifestyle on the part of all members of the College community, nor does it instruct the Trustees whom it elects to do so. It expects that the College will deal with religion responsibly, as a central rather than a marginal concern, and that the Christian view of, and values in, life will be presented in ways appropriate to an academic community. Repudiating any covert pressures, the Church recognizes that truth-claims have no reality for a person until freely and inwardly appropriated. It regards its support of higher education not only as a means for enriching individual lives, but also as a service to society. Its special contribution is a faith-experience which the Church wishes to share, believing that thereby all members in the College community will be enriched and enabled better to serve the human family in making progress toward that genuine community marked by justice and peace necessary for the well-being of people and nations.
C. It is in the context of the foregoing paragraphs that the use of such terms as "church-related," "principles," "character of the College," and "the Muhlenberg tradition" are to be construed, and in harmony with which the life and work of the College is to be directed.
D. These Bylaws state the basic rules of the College and together with the charter, resolutions and policies adopted by the Board take precedence over all other publications of the College, including, but not limited to, the College Catalog, Faculty Handbook, and Student Handbook.