The choice to associate one’s self with this fellowship of scholars is freely made by each participant but obligates those who do join to observe the following expectations for civilized conduct within the MTSU community: … disdain for bigotry and hatred expressed in any form or medium and directed toward identifiable groups or individuals in the community; tolerance for the convictions and opinions of others, even when not in agreement with one’s own beliefs ….
Academic communities differ from other communities in several ways. First, the primary mission
of educational institutions is the pursuit of knowledge. Te environment must be conducive to
teaching, learning, thought and research. Second, campus living environments are unique. On a
residential campus such as SUNY Delhi, students live in close proximity to each other and interact
continuously in their day-to-day living. Te potential for noise, disruptions or other infringements
upon the rights of community members is always present. While SUNY Delhi strongly supports the
First Amendment rights of free speech, students should be aware of the effects of abusive or hurtful
language on their classmates. Civil behavior is expected at all times.