Civility in HRL
Housing and Residence Life believes in building a strong community that embraces a culture of civility. On the most basic level civility is the act of being civil to all members of the human race, regardless of any personal definable characteristics. For one to be civil, it takes a conscious effort to be aware of differences and show respect in all interactions with others in the community. Whether it is your roommates, a professor, classroom peers, or a university staff member, it is expected that you always communicate in a civil manner. Practicing civility requires thoughtful behavior and continuous refinement of our perceptions of what matters to us and to others. Such expectations are described in the USI Creed.
I will practice personal and academic integrity; I will reject and confront all manifestations of discrimination while striving to learn from differences in people, ideas and opinions;
I will demonstrate concern for others, their feelings, their property and their need for conditions which support their work and development;
Allegiance to these ideals requires that I refrain from and discourage behaviors, which threaten the freedom and respect every individual deserves.
The USI Creed is heavily supported in the HRL community. We know that conflicts will arise, but we urge our community members to take an active role in battling incivility. In order to make sure our community members are equipped to aid in minimizing incivility, the following resources have been provided for you.
Normalizing Roommate Conflicts
Living with a roommate can be a complicated endeavor, whether it’s your first time or your final year. At some point, you and your roommate are probably going to find yourselves in conflict, and that’s okay. Navigating conflicts is not only going to be part of your journey as a roommate, but an inevitable part of life. The good news is USI has implemented steps to help you work through conflict in an appropriate manner. It is important to recognize conflict as an opportunity for growth.