There are certain pervading animating principles that are essential for a community of scholars to maintain if
they are to be dedicated to personal and academic excellence.
Becoming a member of the University of South Alabama’s community necessitates that the spirit of a truly civilized
community be fully embraced.
As a member of the University community ...
I will practice the spirit of integrity which embraces the personal and the academic . ... a commitment to this ideal means I do not cheat or plagiarize in class, games, or sports; Iying, deceit, excuse making, and infidelity or disloyalty in personal relationships will not occur.
I will respect the spirit of equality which upholds the dignity of all persons.
... a commitment to this ideal means I will not compromise or demean the dignity of individuals or groups, including hazing, intimidation, teasing, baiting, insulting, harassing, and discrimination. Instead, I will uphold the worth of all individuals.
I will respect the spirit of privacy which protects the property and personal rights of all persons.
... a commitment to this ideal means I will not steal, destroy, misappropriate, damage, or desecrate property which is not my own. One’s right to privacy supports giving all persons the right to go wherever they lawfully would like to go and express themselves freely.
I will uphold the spirit of diversity which celebrates differences and discourages bigotry.
... a commitment to this ideal affirms support for equal rights regardless of one’s age, sex, race, religion, disability, ethnic heritage, socio-economic status, political, social or other affiliation.
I will demonstrate a spirit of service which compels concern for others.
... a commitment to this ideal means I will give of my time to others without thought of personal gain or recognition and that on occasions I will find the needs of others more important than my own.
I will practice the spirit of stewardship which seeks to conserve the earth’s resources and to properly use all resources at my disposal.
... a commitment to this ideal means I will conserve the campus’ environment and will use the resources provided me wisely, not wasting where I can conserve, not expecting others to pick or clean up.
I will exercise a spirit of involvement which necessitates the application of talents and knowledge.
... a commitment to this ideal means that I will be a member of the University community by helping it solve its problems, working with other students to improve campus life, rather than complaining about, criticizing, or attacking those who are involved.
When one embraces the Spirit of South Alabama by joining the community, it behooves that person to exemplify and encourage behavior which promotes integrity, equality, privacy, diversity, service, stewardship, and involvement.