NYIT Civility Campaign 2012-2013

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What is it?

Sponsored by Campus Life in the Division of Student Affairs, led by a committee of students, staff, and faculty, the goal of the NYIT Civility Campaign is to continue to enable our community to feel welcoming and safe for all members. It strives to engender community participation in an honest, intellectual, and respectful dialogue about the ideas, attitudes, and beliefs represented by the members of our diverse community in such a way that moves community members beyond tolerance to communication and understanding.

Why we are doing it?
NYIT is already a community that welcomes innovative ideas born of critical thinking and applied knowledge. As an institution of higher education with a professional preparation focus within a context of global interconnectedness, NYIT functions on the concepts of teamwork and diversity of thought. The NYIT Civility Campaign aims to build on this foundation and to make visible how we engage one another in these pursuits. We believe that by bringing awareness to how we do what we do, NYIT can provide a model for other educational communities. Furthermore, the First Year Common Summer Reading this year is Choosing Civility by P.M. Forni (2002).

How does it work?

The week of October 1-4, 2012 the NYIT Civility Committee is planning a kick-off week for to highlight the NYIT Civility Campaign. Events will expand upon the following slogan in order to develop awareness of the campaign and invite participation from individuals and organizations/offices in the NYIT community.

How can I participate?

All NYIT community members are encouraged to attend events and be part of thinking about what civility looks like at NYIT. In addition, all departments, offices, classes, and clubs or organizations are encouraged to link a project, event, or activity to the Civility Campaign. Please e-mail us at civilityow@nyit.edu for the Old Westbury campus or civilitynyc@nyit.edu for the Manhattan campus.

The 25 Rules of Considerate Conduct

1. Pay attention

2. Acknowledge others

3. Think the best

4. Listen

5. Be inclusive

6. Speak kindly

7. Don’t speak ill

8. Accept and give praise

9. Respect even a subtle “no”

10. Respect others’ opinions

11. Mind your body

12. Be agreeable

13. Keep it down (and rediscover silence)

14. Respect other people’s time

15. Respect other people’s space

16. Apologize earnestly and thoughtfully

17. Assert yourself

18. Avoid personal questions

19. Care for your guests

20. Be a considerate guest

21. Think twice before asking for favors

22. Refrain from idle complaints

23. Give constructive criticism

24. Respect the environment and be gentle to animals

25. Don’t shift responsibility and blame

From Choosing Civility. Copyright © 2002 P. M. Forni. (St. Martin’s Press, 2002)


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