Our campus is guided by the motto “Not to be served, but to serve."
This phrase, "Not to be served, but to serve," guides ourmission and values, and all that we do to create a culture in which we strive to become
philanthropic and effective community members.
Queens University of Charlotte aims to provide transformative educational experiences
that nurture intellectual curiosity, promote global understanding, encourage ethical
living and prepare individuals for purposeful and fulfilling lives.
Queens University of Charlotte will be recognized as a leading comprehensive university,
distinguished by its commitment to transforming the lives of its students and enhancing
the intellectual and cultural fabric of its community.
To fulfill its mission and its vision, Queens University of Charlotte acts upon the
We value the factors which foster student success: an intimate learning environment,
excellence in teaching, intellectual curiosity and an education grounded in the liberal
arts tradition, one which develops critical thinking, creativity, communication, commitment
to ethical behavior, responsible citizenship and which serves as a foundation for
successful and fulfilling lives.
We value and are committed to those who learn and work at Queens, and we are proud
of our university. We will responsibly manage our heritage, our resources and our
reputation in the community to ensure that we remain a source of pride for our students,
faculty, staff, donors and alumni.
We value responsibility and service to the society at large, in keeping with our Presbyterian
connection and as expressed in our motto, "Not to be served, but to serve."
The Importance of Inclusion.
At Queens, we recognize that human identities and qualities — and the diversity of
them within our campus and community — provide us all with an opportunity to learn
We are committed to fostering a culture that promotes diversity, equity, inclusion and access for students, faculty, staff and the community around us. And we believe that this
commitment is vital in our quest to provide transformative educational experiences
that nurture intellectual curiosity, promote global understanding, transform students'
lives and foster personal and professional success.
Leading By Example.
The 21st president of Queens, Daniel G. Lugo, is a distinguished higher education professional and inspirational leader known
for innovative resource development. Lugo began his service as president of Queens
University of Charlotte on July 1, 2019. He was named president after serving in key
leadership positions at three of the nation's leading liberal arts institutions. These
roles included vice president of college advancement at Colby College, vice president
and dean of admission and financial aid at Franklin and Marshall College, and associate
dean of admissions at Carleton College.
"In today’s world, personal and professional achievement rarely has a straight trajectory,"
Lugo writes. "What is far more valuable is a mindset — a mindset that emphasizes flexibility,
integrity, critical thinking skills, a strong work ethic, leadership, a global perspective,
and an ability to respond quickly to both challenges and opportunities.
"At Queens, we nurture this mindset."
History of the Motto
The motto non ministrari sed ministrare, or "not to be served, but to serve," is not just a saying at Queens, but a way of
life for students, faculty, and staff. Giving to others is one of the core principles
that are taught at Queens. Queens University of Charlotte adopted the motto in 1930
from the seal of Chicora College for Women when the school merged with Queens. Non ministrari sed ministrare replaced the original Queens College motto of nisi dominus frustra which translates as "without the Lord, everything is in vain." The non ministrati sed ministrare motto is displayed to this day on Queens' current seal.
Students now do many different forms of service. In the 2011-12 academic year, students,
faculty, and staff were challenged to do over 75,000 hours of community service. The
Queens community exceeded this goal and completed 80,353 service hours.
Whether it is in the in class where students do service projects in the Charlotte
community, or through various clubs and organizations and Greek life, or on international
mission trips, the students of Queens are changing the world around them.
Queens University of Charlotte is firmly committed to principles of honor and prides
itself on the spirit of trust that exists among all of its members. At the very heart
of Queens University of Charlotte is the Honor Code.
The Honor Code is based on the principle that a spirit of trust should pervade all
aspects of student life. Its essence is that any violation of the Honor Code is an
offense against the community.
The Honor Code at Queens University of Charlotte is the keystone of the University's
belief that its students should act honorably and responsibly in all aspects of life,
both on and off campus. The Honor Code incorporates the high principles of honor and
integrity in both personal conduct and academic work.
The purpose of the Honor Code is to assist in the development of mature men and women
who act responsibly at all times and promote a community based on the principles of
responsible citizenship, mutual trust and respect.
The Honor Code is binding on all members of the University community and applies to
all phases of life at the University.
An effective Honor Code depends upon each student adhering to the spirit and letter
of its principles. It demands accountability on the part of each student for his or
her actions. Queens students are responsible for their personal conduct at all times
and shall be subject to review, including possible suspension, for behavior that discredits
themselves or the University.
As a commitment to this system of honor, students are asked to sign the Honor Code
as part of their application for admission.
The Honor Code incorporates two different pledges of student conduct: the academic
pledge and the community pledge. In addition, it embodies the individual's commitment
to develop a community of honor, including taking action against those who violate