Civil Campus Statement

 

The University of South Alabama Community is dedicated to creating an environment where each individual is valued and can succeed. Our institutional ethic compels us to foster the best possible environment for doing our work as educators, learners, and supporters of the educational process. When our members are prevented from doing their best, the entire community is diminished.

 

Our commitment to be a diverse and inclusive campus relies on all community members to do their part. While no set of rules or policies can wholly govern human conduct, civility requires respect and a thoughtful and careful balancing of different points of view.

 

Values

A respectful campus exhibits and promotes the following values:

·       Displaying personal integrity and professionalism

·       Practicing fairness and understanding

·       Exhibiting respect for individual rights and differences

·       Demonstrating harmony in the working and educational environment

·       Respecting diversity and difference

·       Being accountable for one’s actions

·       Emphasizing communication and collaborative resolution of problems and conflicts

·       Developing and maintaining confidentiality and trust

·       Achieving accountability at all levels

 

Cornerstones of a Civil and Respectful Campus

The commitment to a civil and respectful campus calls for promotion of an environment where the following are upheld:

·       All individuals have important contributions to make toward the overall success of the university’s mission.

·       University of South Alabama’s mission is best carried out in an atmosphere where individuals at all levels and in all units value each other and treat each other with respect.

·       Individuals in positions of authority serve as role models in the promotion of a respectful campus. Promoting courtesy, civility, and respectful communication is consistent with the responsibility of leadership.

·       Individuals at all levels are allowed to discuss issues of concern in an open and honest manner, without fear of reprisal or retaliation from individuals above or below them in the university’s hierarchy.