3.4.1. Civility Statement

Oglethorpe University is a place dedicated to vigorous discussion, exchange of ideas and debate. Such discussion always runs the risk of becoming acrimonious, thus it is particularly important for all members of the Oglethorpe community to maintain a climate marked by mutual respect. We must be committed to the highest standards of civility and decency and to promoting a community where all people can work and learn together in an atmosphere free of demeaning behavior or hostility.

The need to maintain civility and mutual respect extends throughout the different venues of debate and discussion — from informal exchanges in the dining hall, the residence halls or the quad to formal discussions in classrooms, meetings, and social media.

Students and faculty have a responsibility to foster a healthy climate for the exchange of ideas in the classroom and on campus. To that end, students and faculty should specifically avoid behavior that disrupts classroom activities or creates a hostile or intimidating atmosphere.