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GEN 1.2. Shared Principles to Guide Interactions Among Members of the University Community.

The purpose of this document is to provide a framework of beliefs to promote respectful relationships among all members of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh community. Wherever possible, existing policies have been referenced to demonstrate translation of beliefs into practice.

    1. Preamble.

      The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh is a community of scholars whose members include students, faculty, academic staff, classified staff and administrators. The mission of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh is to discover and disseminate knowledge and to extend the application of knowledge beyond the University for the betterment of society; to develop in its members heightened intellectual, cultural, and humane sensitivity; to enhance its members' scientific, professional and technological expertise and capacity for critical judgment; and to inspire in its members a passion for learning and a sense of values and purpose. Each individual plays an integral role in this common enterprise, and, therefore, has a responsibility to ensure that the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh fulfills its mission of providing the best education possible.

      Achievement of these goals requires that all members of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh community understand and respect their mutual obligations. All members of the University have a responsibility to promote and a right to expect:

        1.  a shared commitment to education as a dynamic learning process;
        2. a deep respect for the individuality of each member of the University community . . . and the preservation of each member's dignity and privacy;
        3. the highest standards of personal integrity in all interactions within and beyond the University;
        4.  the widest possible range of free inquiry and expression;
        5. an environment that is free of harassment and free of insulting and demeaning comments and epithets based on race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability, military status, socioeconomic status, family status, or political views; and
        6. consistent enforcement of federal, state, and university protections against discriminatory treatment yet is free from any official speech codes.
    2. Shared Principles.
        1. A shared commitment to education as a dynamic learning process.
          1. Powerful learning experiences require the commitment and involvement of both teachers and students.
          2. The chief mission of those who teach is to formulate and organize varied learning activities that will enable students to gain and apply new knowledge, to develop and refine skills and abilities and to reflect upon their attitudes and values in varied ways.
          3. These intended outcomes require students to participate actively in the learning process rather than consume knowledge passively. Learning is not a spectator sport.
          4. Course outlines/syllabi provide information about course objectives and activities with clear statements of expectations for student involvement and performance.
          5. Instructors and students alike prepare thoroughly for each class session in order to be fully involved in the learning process. Instructors provide sufficient information and materials to enable students to prepare adequately for class. Students have the responsibility to keep up with and complete all class assignments and requirements and to participate fully in the learning process.
          6. Those who teach and those who learn assume a mutual responsibility to explore and add new dimensions to the learning process.
          7. Students, in turn, evaluate instruction constructively and offer suggestions that instructors consider for incorporation into the instructional strategies they use.
        2. A deep respect for the individuality of each member of the University community and the preservation of each member's dignity and privacy.
          1. Members of the University community demonstrate a deep respect for the individuality of each other and for the feelings of others and their need for conditions that support their work and development.
          2. Members understand the need for each person to satisfy his/her particular interests, teaching and learning styles within the University community, while the University itself assumes an obligation to retain a neutral platform.
          3. Members are encouraged to tap their own individual talents and experiences to benefit the learning experiences of others.
          4. Members respect individual dignity and privacy as required for a vibrant and nurturing university.
          5. Members respect and accommodate the views and needs of others in order to allow the development of individual potential.
          6. Members have the right to expect the University community to observe the legal restrictions governing the confidentiality of information about individuals.
        3. The highest standards of personal integrity in all interaction within and beyond the University.
          1. Members of the University community recognize that the maintenance and enhancement of their community requires unswerving adherence to norms of integrity in their interactions with one another and with the world beyond the University.
          2. Members evaluate one another's performances without regard to personal characteristics or to beliefs that are unrelated to those performances. Evaluations are uncolored by motives of personal gain.
          3. The University's established policies and procedures  that concern sexual assault and harassment, racist and other discriminatory conduct and consensual relationships are intended to help ensure objectivity in performance evaluations.
          4. Members are particularly careful to preserve the good name of the University by acting with integrity in all relations with individuals and groups beyond the University. Dishonesty in such relations brings dishonor upon the University community.
          5. All instructional members adhere to the code of ethics governing outside activities that is found in Chapter UWS 8 of the Wisconsin Administrative Code.
          6. Members have the right and duty to be fully informed about the University's rules concerning academic dishonesty, including prohibitions against cheating on examinations, false representation of work submitted for evaluation and plagiarism.
          7. In addition to complying with the rules concerning academic dishonesty, members take assertive action in regard to violations of those rules (Wisconsin Administrative Code, “Student Academic Misconduct”, Chapter UWS 14).
        4. The widest possible range of free inquiry and expression.
          1. The University community provides opportunities for its members to listen and be heard.
          2. Members endeavor to create an environment open and accessible to information, expression and inquiry.
          3. Members express their concerns, opinions or beliefs both publicly and privately without fear of recourse, intimidation or threat.
          4. Members respect the rights of others when they express their concerns, opinions or beliefs.
          5. Students are free to question the data, views or activities in a course on a moral, religious or other basis and to reserve judgment about matters of opinion, yet they remain responsible for meeting the learning objectives of any course in which they are enrolled.
        5. An environment that is free of harassment and free of insulting and demeaning comments and epithets based on race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability, military status, socioeconomic status, family status or political views; and consistently enforces federal, state and university protections against discriminatory treatment yet is free from any official speech codes.
          1. Consistent with established rules and policies, all University community members encourage a sense of duty to address harassing, discriminating or demeaning comments or behaviors.
          2. Upon observing discriminatory behaviors or hearing offensive comments, every reasonable effort is made to protect the victim(s) and witness(es) from further harassment.
          3. All members act in ways that allow for a diversity of rights, opinions and cultural characteristics both in and out of the classroom.
          4. No University member misrepresents actual or suspected violations of this right for their own personal gain, advancement or other ulterior motive.
          5. Every University member is informed of applicable University policies and procedures, pursues action against violators, and informs and protects victims and witnesses.

Encourage members to participate in periodic workshops, courses or programs coordinated by various University groups, whose goals are to inform attendees about issues related to discrimination and harassment (Student Handbook: Courses and Programs).

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