The Principles of Community were developed during the academic year, 2013-2014 by the Staff-Faculty Relations Task Force under the direction of Presidents Lee Higdon and Katherine Bergeron. The Principles represent the combined work of faculty, staff and senior administrators, and are the product of much discussion about their meaning and implementation.

The community is committed to the active promotion of an atmosphere where all feel empowered to articulate concerns and employ equitable procedures for resolving conflicts. The Principles articulate the expectations and aspirations of the college community.

Connecticut College’s Principles of Community

Connecticut College’s mission is to “educate students to put the liberal arts into action as citizens in a global society.” To ensure that all members of the Connecticut College community are fully able to contribute their talents in support of this mission, each member is expected to participate in improving the quality of life in our community by:

  • Creating a climate of civility in all learning environments and professional contexts
  • Recognizing the value of diversity
  • Fostering an environment of inclusivity and mutual understanding
  • Expressing ideas, arguments, and points of view in a thoughtful and respectful manner
  • Acting equitably, honorably and with integrity
  • Accepting the rights and responsibilities of membership in the College’s community and upholding the principles outlined in this statement

Connecticut College is committed to advancing these principles and does so by upholding the policies which are detailed in the Student Handbook, the Employee Handbook and Policies and Procedures: Information for Faculty, Administrators and Trustees (found in CamelWeb).