University Code of Conduct
At Shepherd University, our teams envision a community of multicultural competence, respect, and unity. Shepherd condemns and denounces hate and abhorrent language and behaviors intended to harm any member of our community. We provide unconditional support to our students, faculty, staff, administrators, and community and stand against any harm or violations on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation or military status. Shepherd is firmly committed to peace, justice, civil discourse, social-emotional support, and respect for all. When Civility Code violations have occurred, please stand up – don’t stand by!
Shepherd University students, faculty, and staff transform higher education through our commitment and support for inclusion, social justice, and diversity, which are essential to our educational mission.
We are dedicated to treating everyone with fairness, kindness, and civility by upholding meaningful values that are linked to academic inquiry and knowledge.
We C.A.R.E. Remember, words and actions matter.
We are Committed.
Committed to conducting ourselves in a manner that promotes an inclusive, positive, respectful, and safe climate, and will acknowledge, protect, and support the safety and dignity of all individuals by standing up and calling attention to behavior and actions inconsistent with our values.
Committed to timely responses to those impacted by those behaviors.
We are Accountable.
Taking responsibility for our own actions and behaviors and contributing to our collective success, recognizing that our decisions impact other members of the university community.
We are Respectful.
Dedicating ourselves to being considerate and responsive to the needs of others, always interacting in a positive, respectful, and appropriate manner, and we avoid actions, attitudes, and behaviors that disrespect, degrade, or dehumanize others.
Acknowledging the uniqueness of each individual and supporting their personal journey to success.
Continually evolving to create and embrace an environment that respects and endorses efforts that celebrate the uniqueness of each individual, encouraging change that is for the greater good.