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Friday, October 1, 2010

Civility in the Classroom

The University of Minnesota Duluth is dedicated to maintaining a positive learning
and working environment for our students, faculty, and staff. The manner in which all
parties interact within the classroom must respect our collective commitment to social
justice, inclusion, equity, and diversity. The University of Minnesota is committed to the
policy that all persons shall have equal access to its programs, facilities, and employment
without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status,
disability, public assistance status, veteran status, or sexual orientation. Both instructors
and students have a fundamental obligation to regard the instructional setting as a
place for civil, respectful behavior. For example, student behavior that is disrespectful,
harassing, or aggressive is grounds for removal from the classroom.

Individual faculty members are encouraged to address these important issues in course
syllabi and through discussion in their classrooms. Honest and genuine acknowledgment
of individual faculty commitments to these critical expectations will help to create
the kind of classroom environment that will optimally contribute to student success.
Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to take advantage of lectures and other
cultural events that will broaden experiences and foster understanding and respect.

Thank you for your efforts in helping us to maintain an optimal teaching and learning
environment for all.

Lendley C. Black, Chancellor
Vince Magnuson, Vice Chancellor for Academic Administration
Jackie Millslagle, Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Support & Student Life