UCM’s Guide to Good Decision-Making: The Right to Non-Discrimination, Equal Access, and Fair TreatmentThe Right to Non-Discrimination, Equal Access, and Fair Treatment

Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech School: University of Central Missouri Statement Rating: Red Last updated: June 21, 2018

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As members of this diverse learning community, students have the responsibility to treat others equitably, to refrain from hateful discourse, to be civil, and to resolve disputes constructively.


In some cases, lively debate can lead to disagreement and misunderstanding. We expect students to develop the skills to handle such disagreements with respect and civility. Your faculty, Student Experience and Engagement staff, organization advisors and other students can help you learn these skills. Students who engage in rhetoric or actions that demean individuals or groups are not well suited to the academic environment. Such behavior is antithetical to learning and may actually compromise the educational opportunities of others. Consequently, for the greater good of the learning community, individuals who engage in hateful rhetoric or discriminatory behaviors may be held accountable in a manner consistent with their rights as citizens under state and federal law.

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