Principles of Community


Department of Communication: Principles of Community


The Department of Communication is committed to producing a working environment built upon the following principles.  Each person—faculty, staff, graduate student and undergraduate student — is expected to enact fully these principles, and to participate in the community imagined here.  Both individually and collectively, we are committed to:

1. a safe environment for diversity of all sorts;

2. a supportive environment for a plurality of opinions without fear of retaliation or intimidation;

3. a nurturing  environment in which all members can be fully flourishing participants within the responsibilities of their positions;

4. a fair environment in which labor and responsibility are equitably distributed;

5.  a communal environment in which people are willing to put their responsibility to the community above pure self-interest, and to engage with each other, intellectually and professionally;

6. a transparent community, both between and among faculty, staff and students, in which people interact on the bases of trust, respect, confidentiality, self-reflexivity and accountability;

7.  a civil environment in which people have the courage to state their opinions, the wisdom to accept disagreement without attributing negative motives or meanings, and the commitment to accept majority decisions;

8.  a responsive community that practices forgiveness;

9.  a community that values and fosters excellence.





Adopted,  12/8/11