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Principles

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, affirms the value of each member of the university community and recommends that all UT community members adhere to the following principles of civility and community:

1. INCLUSIVITY

We are welcoming to all and hostile to none. We foster an open community in which educational goals may be pursued.

2. DIVERSITY

We respect the diverse backgrounds of all members of our community and welcome the opportunity for interpersonal and group interactions.

3. DIALOGUE

We value and encourage, and facilitate free exchange of diverse ideas and points-of-view along with free speech and expression. However, we discourage uncivil speech or expression that infringes upon the ability of others to express themselves.

4. COLLEGIALITY

We value an environment that facilitates collegial relationships, encourages mutual understanding among diverse individuals and leads to addressing issues and differences in an atmosphere of mutual respect and civility.

5. RESPECT

We believe that a person’s views, ideas, and behavior best reflect the goals of the academic community when the dignity of each individual is respected and when members of the community are considerate of the feelings, circumstances, and individuality of others.

6. KNOWLEDGE

We encourage development of a civil community that values critical inquiry, debate, discovery, and innovation to better the world through teaching, research and service.

7. INTEGRITY

We value academic honesty and integrity by all members of the academic community.

8. LEARNING

We believe that learning is an interpersonal growth experience that fosters appreciation for diversity.

9. AWARENESS

We believe it is important to recognize how others view and relate to the community and recognize that we are part of a larger community.

10. RESPONSE

We encourage all community members to speak out against incidents involving bigotry and other types of incivility so the university can fulfill its responsibility of responding in a fair, timely and consistent fashion.

Adoption

Adopted in Fall 2011, the Civility and Community Initiative is designed to work in concert with existing University of Tennessee, Knoxville, codes of conduct including: UT Faculty Handbook (Chapter 1.1 Nature and Purpose and Chapter 2.25 Professional Conduct); UT Faculty and Staff Code of Conduct (HR Policy HR0580); and Hilltopics Student Handbook (General Standards of Conduct).

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