University of California, San Diego

January 26, 1998
SUBJECT: UCSD Principles of Community
Over the past year, the Diversity Education Leadership Team--comprised of UCSD Vice Chancellors and Department Directors--collaboratively developed community principles, as a framework for diversity. The Diversity Education Training Team plus many other members of the UCSD community, including faculty, staff, and students, contributed substantially to this effort by providing input and advice as the document evolved.
The Vice Chancellors, Academic Senate Chair, and student leadership now join me in issuing the UCSD Principles of Community. This document affirms the unique contribution of all members of the UCSD community and identifies the values that should support each of us as we participate in the life of the University.
The UCSD Principles of Community cannot stand alone; they are intended to be a genesis for additional action. We encourage all members of the UCSD community to practice and foster these principles in their daily activities. In addition, the senior leadership of UCSD has begun to explore ways to insure that these underlying values are fostered within their areas of responsibility. Integrating these principles into the life of UCSD must be a dynamic process in which we all participate. Many existing UCSD processes, programs, and resources also are available to us in support of this effort.
With appreciation to those who shaped the Principles and a commitment to insuring that we as a community reflect them, we offer these UCSD Principles of Community.
Robert C. Dynes
John Alksne, M.D.
Vice Chancellor - Health Sciences
& Dean School of Medicine
Richard Attiyeh
Vice Chancellor - Research
Marsha A. Chandler
Senior Vice Chancellor - Academic Affairs
Souley Diallo
President - Associated Students
Thomas Diller
President - Graduate Student Association
Darrell D. Fanestil, M.D.
Chair - Academic Senate
Charles F. Kennel
Vice Chancellor - Marine Sciences
Director - Scripps Institution of Oceanography
James M. Langley
Vice Chancellor - Development & University Relations
Steven W. Relyea
Vice Chancellor - Business Affairs
Kent B. Sherwood
Chief Executive Officer - UCSD Healthcare
Joseph W. Watson
Vice Chancellor - Student Affairs
John A. Woods
Vice Chancellor - Resource Management & Planning
University of California, San Diego
Principles of Community
The University of California, San Diego is dedicated to learning, teaching, and serving society through education, research, and public service. Our international reputation for excellence is due in large part to the cooperative and entrepreneurial nature of the UCSD community. UCSD faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to be creative and are rewarded for individual as well as collaborative achievements.
To foster the best possible working and learning environment, UCSD strives to maintain a climate of fairness, cooperation, and professionalism. These principles of community are vital to the success of the university and the well being of its constituents. UCSD faculty, staff, and students are expected to practice these basic principles as individuals and in groups.
We value each member of the UCSD community for his or her individual and unique talents, and applaud all efforts to enhance the quality of campus life. We recognize that each individual's effort is vital to achieving the goals of the university.
We affirm each individual's right to dignity and strive to maintain a climate of justice marked by mutual respect for each other.
We value the cultural diversity of UCSD because it enriches our lives and the university. We celebrate this diversity and support respect for all cultures, by both individuals and the university as a whole.
We are a university that adapts responsibly to cultural differences among the faculty, staff, students, and community.
We acknowledge that our society carries historical and divisive biases based on race, ethnicity, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion, and political beliefs. Therefore, we seek to foster understanding and tolerance among individuals and groups, and, we promote awareness through education and constructive strategies for resolving conflict.
We reject acts of discrimination based on race, ethnicity, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion, and political beliefs, and, we will confront and appropriately respond to such acts.
We affirm the right to freedom of expression at UCSD. We promote open expression of our individuality and our diversity within the bounds of courtesy, sensitivity, confidentiality and respect.
We are committed to the highest standards of civility and decency toward all. We are committed to promoting and supporting a community where all people can work and learn together in an atmosphere free of abusive or demeaning treatment.
We are committed to the enforcement of policies that promote the fulfillment of these principles.1
We represent diverse races, creeds, cultures, and social affiliations coming together for the good of the university and those communities we serve. By working together as members of the UCSD community, we can enhance the excellence of our institution.
1 These policies include but are not limited to: Academic Personnel M015 - The University of California Policy on Faculty Conduct and the Administration of Discipline, The University of California Personnel Policies for Staff Members and UCSD Implementing Procedures, Appendix II - Personnel Policies for Senior Managers, The University of California, San Diego Student Conduct Code, UCSD House Officer Policy and Procedure Document. For further information or inquiries, contact the Director, Office of Academic Affirmative Action, the Director of Human Resources for Equal Opportunity/Staff Affirmative Action, and/or the Director, Student Affirmative Action and Human Relations Programs.