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Civility Policy Available Online

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March 1, 2005

The University's Civility, Mutual Respect and Unacceptability of Violence on Campus Policy is now available online in the Staff Handbook.

The policy states: "Members of the Northwestern community are expected to deal with each other with respect and consideration.  Each community member is expected to treat other community members with civility and respect, recognizing that disagreement and informed debate are valued in an academic community."

Demeaning, intimidating, threatening or violent behaviors that affect the ability to learn, work or live in the University environment have no place in the academic community, the policy states. Violence is behavior that causes harm to a person or damage to property or causes fear for one's safety or the safety of others. Examples of violent behavior include physical contact that is harmful and expression of intent to cause physical harm.

The full policy, which applies to faculty, staff and students, can be accessed on the Human Resources Web site at http://www.northwestern.edu/hr/policies/CHAP7pol2005.pdf. Guidance on addressing situations that fall under this policy is available at http://www.northwestern.edu/hr/policies/civility-guidance.pdf.

"A member of the community who is involved in or witnesses behavior that poses imminent danger should immediately contact the University Police," said Guy E. Miller, associate vice president for Human Resources. "In situations that do not involve imminent danger or for advice on the appropriate course of action, a member of the community should notify a supervisor, department head or Student Affairs staff member or report the incident to the Office of the Provost, the Department of Human Resources or the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs."

The policy also appears in the Faculty Handbook and the Student Handbook. It can be viewed on the Student Affairs Web site at http://www.northwestern.edu/studentaffairs/safety/policies/ index.html and on the Office of the Provost Web site at http://www.northwestern.edu/provost/faculty/policy/civility.html.

The Campus Safety and Crime Prevention Committee, chaired by William Banis, vice president for student affairs, worked with members of the campus community and the administration in developing this policy and related guidance.

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