The Civility Response Team (CRT) was established through Shepherd University’s Diversity and Equity Committee to provide assistance for students who feel they have been harassed or assaulted physically, verbally, or through written information based on issues of race, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, gender expression, age, religion, ability, or other identity.
The promotion of civility is a key component of the CRT as we strive to maintain a positive campus culture at Shepherd University. Our University is all inclusive and committed to fostering a learning community that values the diversity and the contribution of each individual within the Shepherd community. Our focus on civility mandates that we as an institution give consideration and merit to the distinctive backgrounds and opinions of all who decide to participate in the learning community.
A Civil Learning Community
We value the diversity that each student and faculty member brings to Shepherd University and we are appreciative of their contributions to this community.
We view all employees as colleagues and we are duty-bound to treat every member of this campus with respect and professionalism.
We view our students as products of this learning environment and we recognize the importance of treating them with the utmost respect.
We act as advocates for our students who are victims of uncivilized treatment and will use constructive confrontation to assist in educating those who play a part in the negative treatment of any of our students.
We appreciate the diversity of those who study, work or visit Shepherd University and recognize the value that diversity brings to our institution. Our goal is to educate our community on as many issues of diversity and civility so that Shepherd University might foster a community that is respectful of all students, despite their individual differences.
The CRT team members provide confidential advice on the various services and procedures that are available to someone who may be a victim of such behavior.