Civility on Campus

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 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 demeaning actions at any time.

Working Towards Civility

The following are 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 below.

  • Dean of Students: University Commons, 215-572-2933
  • Residence Life: University Commons, 215-572-2189 
  • Institutional Diversity: Taylor 110, 215-572-4088
  • Public Safety: Dilworth, Lower Level, 215-572-2800
  • Affirmative Action (Faculty and Staff Issues Only)

Civility Campus Resources

If you need support or would like to support a friend who may feel targeted by incivility on campus, please talk to a staff or faculty member with whom you are comfortable or contact any of the resources listed below.

Resource Location Issues/Incidents Related to:
Affirmative Action Officer HR Staff & Faculty
Learning Resource Network Director Knight Disability
Counseling Center Heinz All
Institutional Diversity Taylor 110 All
Dean of Students Commons 202 All