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Mission & Values
Ambrose University is a community of transformative Christian higher education with a vision for the welfare of our city and our world. We provide excellent Christian post-secondary education to prepare men and women for wise, joyful, and redemptive engagement in the church, society, and the created order.
At Ambrose, students can study arts, sciences and theology alongside professional disciplines such as education, business and Christian ministry. These different disciplines are united by the quest for knowledge, wisdom, virtue, and service.
Ambrose is the official post-secondary institution of two Christian denominations: The Christian and Missionary Alliance in Canada and the Church of the Nazarene Canada. However, we welcome students of any faith background and our students and faculty come from roughly 50 denominations.
We pursue faith-inspired higher education: ours is a supportive yet challenging learning environment in which students can pursue their academic interests and prepare for their careers while also exploring and deepening their faith.
By integrating faith and advanced learning, we provide an outstanding university education that’s rooted in the Christian intellectual, theological, spiritual, and missional traditions. We encourage students’ personal and spiritual formation, and we make space for students and faculty to explore and express their faith through everything they learn and teach.
OUR VALUES & POLICIES
Students who join our community and sign the Community Life Standards document (through the application process) commit themselves to following these standards. Each student must accept these responsibilities in order to remain part of the Ambrose community.
If you’ve been accepted to Ambrose but you feel that you cannot with integrity commit to the standards and responsibilities of Ambrose’s living-learning community, we encourage you to discuss the matter with a member of the Student Development team. It might be best to consider pursuing a learning-living community that better fits your values.
If you’re thinking of applying to Ambrose, we invite you to read through our Community Life Standards document.
Freedom of Expression
As an institution of higher education, Ambrose upholds the principles of freedom of expression and supports the search for truth in an atmosphere of honesty, integrity, and intellectual independence.
Ambrose University is a diverse community of learners from many confessional backgrounds admitted from all walks of life. Ambrose does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, colour, national or ethnic origin, physical or learning disability, or religion in the administration of any of its programs or activities.
Ambrose University is committed to providing a community in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity, free from harassment. As a Christian higher education community, Ambrose encourages its members to follow biblical principles of lifestyle and conduct. We work with each other in ways that respect and encourage full acceptance of all persons.
Achieving a community free from harassment depends on mutual respect, co-operation and understanding among students and employees. Attitudes and behaviour that undermine this goal are detrimental to all. The University considers harassment a serious offence and will not tolerate behaviour that may undermine the respect, dignity, self-esteem, or productivity of any student or employee.
Ambrose University encourages students and employees to bring concerns and complaints to a Harassment Policy Contact Person. Unless complaints are reported and resolved, it is very difficult for the University to maintain a harassment-free community. All reports of harassment will be taken seriously, promptly investigated and addressed.
Statement on Sexual Identity
Ambrose University is a full member of Campus Alberta. It is also a distinctly Christian institution of higher education grounded in the Protestant evangelical theological tradition. As such, Ambrose has adopted a Christian sexual ethic based on church tradition and scripture. According to this ethic, sexual activity is designed for full expression in a committed, loving marriage relationship between a man and a woman.
During the admissions process, prospective students are given the opportunity to review the Community Life Standards Document, which articulates core values and sexual expectations for students, and provide informed consent in their application for admission.
Ambrose recognises that some students may self-identify as having same-sex attraction or a non-heterosexual identity, and this alone is not in contradiction with the Responsibilities of Membership: Community Standards. Ambrose believes that a diverse learning community is a healthy learning community. However, regardless of sexual orientation or identity, all unmarried students are expected to pursue a lifestyle of chastity.