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Read what civility means to members of the UT Knoxville community.
Civility means being respectful, understanding, and validating of another person's experience, especially if that experience comes from a historically repressed group- even if that experience is difficulty to understand.
Posted on April 20 at 2:38 PM
Civility is making everyone feel comfortable enough to want to wake up and have another awesome day at the University of Tennessee!
Posted on February 11 at 5:17 PM
Civility means making no one feel like the "Elephant" in any room. All should be treated inclusively--No more outcast. One can not change the color of their skin. Civility means, "Genuine" respect for all.
Posted on November 04 at 9:16 AM
The outcomes of consistent gracious actions with integrity!
Posted on April 29 at 3:10 PM
I (civilly) disagree with Anonymous who posted April 25 at 3:33 PM. Civility doesn't mean being so PC that we all become weak-minded cowards. It's quite the opposite. Civility means being intelligent enough to express your true beliefs without insult or disrespect. It doesn't mean accepting all you hear, but it does mean listening to what others have to say.
Posted on April 27 at 3:06 PM
Civility means that everyone accepts everyone for who they already are. Nobody should ever feel the need to change who they are.
Posted on April 27 at 1:58 PM
Civility is being patient and polite to all, especially those you disagree with.
Posted on April 26 at 6:15 PM
Civility means treating everyone with the same respect regardless of race or sex.
Posted on April 26 at 10:36 AM
Civility can mean that no one is brave enough to have convictions and stand for what they believe to be true. It can mean blurring the lines until there is no truth. It can be a fancy word for political correctness and a way to make cover and amends for anyone who has been justly or injustly offended. A university seems like a funny place to tell people to play nice and not rustle any feathers. Somehow I think previous generations would roll their eyes.
Posted on April 25 at 3:33 PM
What Civility means to me;
Civility is when all works toguether for the benefit of all.
Posted on April 25 at 2:22 PM
Having no need for guns on campus
Posted on April 23 at 3:49 PM
The underlying premise of civility is that humans are greater than animals. Everyone is in control of their words and actions and accountable for them. Civility is something no animal has -- they only respond in a predictable manner to stimuli. When that expectation self-control is taken away, and people allowed to blame bad behavior on drugs, impulses, religion, environment, peers, etc., then people become like animals and civilization itself breaks down.
Posted on April 22 at 9:37 AM
One way civility is measured is how men treat women. When women do not feel safe at night, certain places, etc., or in some countries have the need to cover up from head to toe for fear of rape and beating, there is not civility.
Posted on April 22 at 9:22 AM
Civility means respecting people in a genuine and sincere way- not just the customary "you're fine", you're good" and the surface smile. It means greeting people we pass on the walkways and streets of campus rather than walking with our eyes fixed to the ground or the numbers above the elevator. It also means not engaging in idle gossip that separate people one from another or back-stabbing our peers as a means of coping with our own insecurities. It means disagreeing without being disagreeable and being willing to engage in dialectical reasoning without taking offense with those who do not share our views but can support those views with evidence. This is what civility means most to me as a member if the UT family.
Posted on April 21 at 1:39 PM
Civility means ALL people - not just minorities. I have found many of my professors to think it is okay to mock conservative Christians while claiming to be tolerant to others. I think Civility means showing respect to ALL people.
Posted on April 21 at 10:07 AM
Civility is an ancient concept and one that can be explained quite easily. The explanation crosses all religions, ethnicities, and values. It is simply, "Do unto others as you would have them to do unto you."
Posted on April 20 at 11:07 AM
It means being open minded and non-judgemental, able to disagree respectfully, and just trying to do the right thing.
Posted on April 20 at 8:51 AM
It's as simple as respect: in order to demonstrate respect for others one must also respect himself.
Posted on April 20 at 1:23 AM
It's really as simple as the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Now what's so hard to understand about that?
Posted on April 19 at 2:56 PM
respect - for the person
not being condescending nor using your position to "bully" others
Posted on April 19 at 1:59 PM
not judging someone by what your friends say. giving that person the chance before you form an opinion. not judging others for what they do. and being able to see all sides of an issue not saying that your view is ultimately correct and being able to discuss the issue with civility.
Posted on April 19 at 12:59 PM
Civility is when you can look back and be proud of your words and actions toward others.
Posted on April 19 at 12:35 PM
I hope that the call for civility is not an excuse for supressing dissent, different points of view, and the freedom to disagree. I hope that the free and sometimes contentious exchange of ideas does not become synonymous with the absense of civility. I hope that calls for civility are not a means to enforce censorship.
Posted on April 19 at 11:42 AM
Certainly caring and supporting in a general way.
For university "support staff", including parking and UTPD, civility should include an understanding and realization that we have problems with parking on this campus. When I am expected to move a 25 lb. musical instrument across campus and receive a ticket 8 minutes after parking in a UT service vehicle space because there is no loading zone space available and the service vehicle spaces are going unused, I think civility is not being exercised.
Posted on April 19 at 11:20 AM
It means hiring a Chief Diversity Officer for UTK!!! It means teaching the importance of respect, responsibility and community.
Posted on April 19 at 11:15 AM
Giving people the benefit of the doubt when they are rude or grumpy. Let it go, assume they have troubles bigger than you, and smile at the next person anyway.
Posted on April 19 at 10:52 AM
Not judging by appearance.
Posted on April 15 at 3:45 PM
When I learned about the civility initiative at UT, I thought about this: On the Ag Campus and at Pendergrass Library and in the Veterinary Medical Center, we have a long standing custom of holding the heavy doors open for each other and greeting each other (good morning, hello, come on in), whether we are carrying something heavy or nothing at all. The daily help with the doors and daily greeting over time, without prompting, happens naturally. It seems to enhance the civility of other interactions we may have with each other.
Posted on April 15 at 12:44 PM
Not booing a sporting events.
Posted on April 15 at 12:28 PM
Disagreeing with respect; Agreeing to disagree; Ultimately finding agreement through compromise.
Posted on April 15 at 12:27 PM
Posted on April 15 at 11:02 AM
Posted on April 15 at 10:48 AM
Civility means doing what is right, no matter how uncomfortable, hard or unpopular.
Posted on April 15 at 10:47 AM
Treating people you work with, or who work for you, as human beings. We may not all be equal in experience and/or education, but we all have feelings, knowledge from past experience, and positive attributes that can be brought to the workplace, if allowed.
Posted on April 15 at 10:35 AM
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
Posted on April 15 at 10:28 AM
It means that you treat everyone with equal respect, no matter what yours or their station is within life. It means that you take the needed time to listen and understand others before you speak in a disrespectful manner. It means you don't always get your way and you must concede when appropriate without foul treatment toward others. It means truthfulness. And much more....