Arcadia University Statement on Civility


The members of the Arcadia University Community encourage all individuals and groups to behave with civility. A community upholding civility respects the rights of individuals and groups. It is characterized by understanding and considerations of the differences among members of the community. The diversity of the University adds to the richness of campus life, and Arcadia University expects all members of the community to respect both differences and commonalities. The University acknowledges every community member's constitutional right to freedom of speech and freedom of inquiry. Arcadia University also affirms every community member's right to an environment that is free from harassment of any kind. The University will not tolerate the subjection of another person, group or class of persons to inappropriate, abusive, threatening, or demanding actions at any time.

  • Approved by the faculty, December 2000
  • Approved by the Student Government Organization, April 2001
  • Approved by the staff council, May 2001

History and Development of Civility at Arcadia

“We have a choice about how we behave, and that means we have the choice
to opt for
 Civility and grace.”
 — Dwight Currie

Working Towards Civility

The membership of the Campus Climate Team has identified the following as important elements for individuals' consideration in an effort to work toward civility in the Arcadia University community:

  • Respecting the dignity of all persons
  • Respecting the rights and privacy of others
  • Striving to learn from differences in people, ideas and opinions
  • Discouraging bigotry
  • Demonstrating concern for others, their feelings, and their need for conditions that support their work and development
  • Acting with integrity

How to Report Acts of Intolerance or Incivility

The Campus Climate Team serves to make recommendations to the President and other University officials about efforts to foster an institutional climate that is free of intolerance and to establish a protocol for responding to and monitoring incidents. If you feel an immediate threat, call Public Safety at 215-572-2999. You also can report acts of incivility or intolerance to any campus official or employee or contact any of the offices listed on the Civility Web site on MyArcadia.

Resources on Civility

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Institutional Diversity

Judy Dalton
Assistant Dean for
Institutional Diversity

Taylor Hall, Rm. 110