University of California, San Diego


January 26, 2001


SUBJECT:  Reaffirmation of UCSD Principles of Community

As UCSD celebrates its 40th anniversary and continued dedication to learning, teaching and serving society through education, research and public service, I want to reaffirm and restate our UCSD Principles of Community.

The Principles of Community provide the framework for our commitment to acknowledging the unique contributions of all members of the UCSD community and identifies the principles that should support each of us as we participate in the life of the University as students, faculty and staff.

The Principles of Community can be found at

Please take a few minutes to refamilarize yourself with our principles that strive to maintain a climate of fairness, cooperation, civility, mutual respect and professionalism.

Thank you for your participation the fulfillment of the principles.

                                                Robert C. Dynes

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.