Tolerance and Civility

Last updated: 4/20/2010

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This statement was endorsed by the University Committee on Faculty Affairs and the University Committee on Student Affairs and approved by the Academic Council on April 20, 2010.

MSU strives to build an academic community with living and learning environments that expects tolerance of viewpoints and civility toward others, whether at public forums, athletic events, in residential communities, classrooms or laboratories.

We call upon all who participate in university events to promote tolerance and civil behavior and to hold themselves to high standards that reflect the university’s commitment to respect viewpoints that may be different from their own. Only by respecting individuals with diverse perspectives and ideas can we build an environment of civility that is conducive to advancing knowledge and transforming lives.