New civility pledge gives students the chance to commit to integrity
August 25, 2011 By Elizabeth Trollinger
have come together to create a civility pledge, which promotes a
positive student culture at Centre by upholding core values of
integrity and honor.
Centre students strive to do their best and be their best. Now, thanks to a civility pledge that will go into effect this fall semester, incoming Centre first-years will make a formalized commitment to uphold these core values throughout their time on campus.
According to the Centre Student Senate’s and Student Judiciary’s proposal, the goals of the pledge are to start a dialogue on campus about what it means to be a Centre student and promote a positive student culture at Centre by upholding the values of respect, responsibility, academic integrity and honor.
“The civility pledge is a positive pledge to remind students of the values that make Centre great,” says SGA president Brian Klosterboer ’12.
Many of the students involved with creating the civility pledge think that the most important thing is that this is a student-led initiative.
“While the administration supports our efforts, students have put this initiative together to keep our community moving in a positive direction,” Klosterboer says.
Several student groups on campus played a part in the creation of the civility pledge.
“[The pledge] came out of several discussions over the past few years among SGA and the Student Judiciary regarding what it means to be a Centre student and what we can do to continue the culture of integrity,” says Jordan Fitch ’12.
First-year students will have a chance to sign the pledge this weekend during orientation, and they will also receive wristbands that will serve as a reminder of their commitment to integrity on campus.
“Sometimes it's easy for people to forget the impact their actions have on others, but we hope that the pledge and the wristbands will be visible reminders of what makes Centre a great place to go to school,” Klosterboer says.
The wristbands bear a message familiar and dear to many Centre students thanks to President Roush: “Be your best. No regrets.”
“Our hope is that it will inspire responsibility among students to hold one another accountable for their actions — in respecting one another and campus property,” says Fitch.
Signing the pledge and wearing wristbands are in no way binding for first-years — but the goal is that they will keep up the values of the pledge of their own accord.
“The civility pledge is an opportunity for students to voluntarily transform the atmosphere of the College. By taking the pledge, the participating students agree to promote respect and responsibility throughout campus,” says Jeff Kaplan ’12. “In short, the civility pledge is a chance for students to make a positive difference in their Centre experience.”
Supporters of the pledge believe there’s no better time than now for Centre students to make a dedication to be respectful and honorable.
“Considering institutions of higher learning in general, it makes perfect sense to have a pledge like this one,” Kaplan says. “College is where young individuals are equipped with the skills necessary to succeed in life.”
“If we continue to raise our personal standards along with our academic ones, it will make our campus a more enjoyable place to live and will ultimately increase the value of our Centre diploma,” Klosterboer says. “We're hoping that the pledge leads to more discussions on campus about personal responsibility and what it means to be a Centre student.”
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