College Civility Committee

College Civility Committee

Civility Committee Mission Statement

Hostos Community College is committed to fostering an inclusive, safe, considerate, equitable and respectful learning and working environment for all. The college encourages and promotes an environment of mutual respect among its diverse student body and employees. It is also committed to facilitating honest inquiry and free speech.  Faculty, staff, and students all have a part to play in ensuring that members of the Hostos community are kind, respectful, and courteous to one another.

College employees and students are expected to avoid behavior on or off campus or during College activities that substantially interferes with and creates an intimidating, hostile college environment (including the use of technology). Examples of these behaviors may include but are not limited to:

  1. Bullying or harassment—any conduct reasonably perceived as being malicious, intimidating, hostile, humiliating, threatening, disparaging, likely to evoke fear of physical harm or is motivated by bias or prejudice based upon any actual/perceived characteristic. This includes comments, gestures, graphics, written statements, or physical acts (including, but not limited to, the use of electronically transmitted acts to cyberbully by way of cell phone, computer, or wireless handheld device)
  2. Screaming and yelling with an intent to humiliate or intimidate
  3. Insubordination
  4. Retaliatory actions

College Civility Principles

  1. Respect for all members of the College community
  2. Acceptance of differing points of view
  3. Inclusiveness of the College’s diversity of cultures, religions, ethnicities, languages, identities, and experiences
  4. Courteous discourse and conduct in all communications (verbal, non-verbal, and electronic)
  5. Integrity
  6. Open communication
  7. Free expression of views without meanness or a desire to do harm
  8. Zero tolerance for any form of violence, bullying (including cyberbullying), or harassment/sexual harassment