The years spent in a well-regulated hostel during the formative period of life promote habits of neatness, self-control and courtesy. It is the aim of the staff to provide a home where kindness, courtesy and trust abide. These graces, together with regularity and punctuality in the home duties, are important factors in the student's education. Hostel regulations are published in the Students' Handbook along with the general regulations applying to all students.
Spiritual and co-curricular activities
Students are required to attend regularly the Friday evening vespers service, the Sabbath School, the Sabbath morning worship service and the Saturday evening Adventist Youth programme. They are expected to conduct themselves in harmony with the sacredness of these services. Also, the students are expected to attend regularly the worship services in their respective hostels, the Seminary chapel exercises and the mid-week prayer meeting.
The Sabbath is observed in a quiet manner, befitting the sacredness of the day. Appropriate choice of music, reading matter and conversation is encouraged to help maintain the Sabbath atmosphere. Any student who applies for admission to the Seminary undertakes to respect the Sabbath hours in accordance with the Biblical principles as observed by the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
To develop further the spiritual attributes of character, the students are encouraged to participate in off-campus health and spiritual ministries in the community. Other co-curricular activities designed to develop in the student qualities of spiritual leadership and social awareness are the organized activities of the Pathfinder Club, College Men's Club, High school Boy's Club. Elementary Boys' Club, and Girls' Club comprising of hostel and day-scholar students, and choirs. Each student is encouraged to participate in one or more of these supervised activities.
Campus Leave for Boarding Students
Those in charge of hostels are responsible for students in their care. At no time should students leave the campus without permission from their respective deans acting in council with the Dean of Student Affairs. During class time, even though they may have permission from the dean, no student should leave without prior arrangement with the teachers in charge for the classes during time out. Weekend leaves must be arranged with the Dean of Student Affairs and are usually granted twice each nine-week period except in cases of emergency. The Seminary reserves the right to determine what constitutes an emergency. Students desiring to leave the campus to visit relatives and friends other than parents or guardians must have written permission from the parent or guardian. When a leave of absence is granted, a student must return at the appointed time.
Social Interaction and Visits
1. Staff Homes: Students should not visit staff homes except by invitation and with permission from their hostel dean.
2. Brothers and Sisters: Visiting is permitted between full-blood brothers and sisters at specified times and places and with permission from the two hostel deans involved.
3. Other Visitors: Parents and guardians, or relatives and friends who have been given permission in writing by a parent or guardian, are invited to visit students at the Seminary on Fridays and Sundays between lunch and the evening meal only.
4. Social Interaction: Social development of the personality is as important as are the development of the spiritual, physical and mental aspects. Much thought has therefore been given to social activities at the Seminary. Social functions are a part of the regular programme and are carefully supervised by the staff members. Interaction between students of the opposite sex is limited to times when the students are in class or present at other supervised school functions.
In keeping with the standards and health principles of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, flesh foods, tea and coffee are not served in the cafeteria.
Large sums of money or valuables should always be kept in the office safe or with the hostel dean. The Seminary will not be responsible for lost money or personal effects, though as much care as possible is taken to prevent thefts and to recover lost items.
Students may not keep or use motor vehicles, motorcycles or scooters on campus. Married students may apply to the administration for exceptions to be made to this regulation.
Class and Work Attendence
Prompt and regular attendance at all class and work appointments is required of every student.
In keeping with the Adventist Philosophy of Education, hostel students are required to participate in a work programme for a certain number of hours (depending on class level) on campus, while the day scholars will do their work at home for the benefit of their families. In addition to developing character and a respect for the dignity of labour, the wages earned by students will help to pay some of their expenses while they attend the Seminary. Student work activities include the food factory, cafeteria, farm and grounds, laundry, office, and janitorial work and other manual labour. Campus leaves are granted subject to a satisfactory work-study report.