All students enrolled at College of the Ozarks are responsible for familiarizing themselves with the policies, rules, regulations, and standards of conduct identified in the Student Handbook. Upon enrollment, the student accepts and agrees to meet all of the College’s expectations.
Attending College of the Ozarks is a privilege, not a right. The College of the Ozarks reserves the right to change any of the rules, regulations, and policies of the College at any time.
College of the Ozarks provides a strong academic education, as well as development of the whole person. The five-fold mission serves to emphasize the values the College holds to produce well rounded individuals. As a result, the College places a high value on developing strong character within students.
Every new student starting at College of the Ozarks is required to attend Character Camp. Character Camp provides an enjoyable, intensive orientation to the College and clearly outlines what is expected of students. Character Camp also provides an outstanding leadership opportunity for orientation leaders, who are called “moms and pops.” Every new student starting at College of the Ozarks is required to attend Character Camp in its entirety. Attendance requirements include, but are not limited to all events, presentations, work-related activities, community building exercises, etc.
College of the Ozarks’ emphasis on character begins when students arrive on campus for Character Camp and goes until the student’s graduation or other separation from the College. During Character Camp, every new student will learn about the College honor code and is expected to sign and comply with the code while a student. The culminating event of Character Camp is the Honor Induction Etiquette Banquet, where students sign the honor code.
The Keeter Center for Character Education
College of the Ozarks established the Keeter Center for Character Education to provide programs and activities to enhance the development of character and good citizenship. Programs that are sponsored by the Keeter Center for Character Education include Character Forums, Community Convocations, the S. Truett Cathy Poverty Summit, the Annual Character Education Conference, and the First PLACE! Program, which helps develop character education and leadership initiatives in Stone and Taney County schools and businesses.