Civility Task Force



SJECCD Civility Poster

​"Civility Begins With Me! 
Everyone Has Worth and Dignity."

San José-Evergreen Community College District is promoting the vital concept of civility in our educational community.  The C3 (Culture Climate Civility) Civility Task Force, representing all District constituencies (Students, Faculty, Classified Staff, and Administrators), has developed a comprehensive Civility Statement, adopted by the District Board of Trustees 10-8-13, and  is now engaged in the implementation of these ideals. 

Civility is a model for respect of different traditions and for diversity.  Civility underlies respect for individuals and asks such questions as:  How and why does one person respect another? What are the responsibilities of an individual in a shared public sphere?  Civility and civil discourse invite people to discuss and to listen; it is not used to limit but rather to encourage the respectful exchange of ideas.

Civility is not suppression of free speech but a valuing of the humanity of others and a consideration of the rights of everyone to practice free speech in a fair and equitable manner.  Disagreement is welcome when expressed in a spirit of mutual respect and understanding; opinion is based on fact and relies on integrity.

Civility in the classroom is conducive to learning. When a student feels comfortable  s/he will be treated with respect by the instructor and by others, the student will be more willing to participate in class and develop a sense of shared academic community.  Beyond the classroom, each everyday campus interaction adds to an overall perception of college climate experienced by students, faculty, staff, and administrators. 

Some faculty members include in their course syllabi, where appropriate, a statement describing expectations of civility and mutual respect in the classroom which we support and encourage. 

The Civility Task Force requests constituent bodies in our District who support the Civility Statement to recognize the importance of civility as a campus-wide responsibility. We ask that communication among all segments of the college model respect for one another.

We ask that committees and groups who meet regularly to place on their agenda a brief form of the SJECCD Civility Statement:

Civility begins with me!  Everyone has worth and dignity!

Civility represents a larger purpose of the college, developing problem solving skills in a diverse population, promoting mutual respect, enhancing students' educational and social development, and making the college a better place to be.


San José-Evergreen Community College District C3 Civility Task Force  

SJECCD Civility Statement

We, the Civility (C3) Task Force, are proud of our work on the District Civility Statement, reflecting months of work by a group representing all District constituencies. We welcome input and guidance as to how this statement should be used by and for our educational community. We expect this to be a working document, useful to the District over time.

We the students, employees, and trustees at SJECCD are committed to a conscious demonstration of mutual respect - for people, for their roles, for their knowledge and expertise.

While no civility statement can guarantee considerate and principled conduct, the values set forth below represent institutional ideals and should serve as guide posts.

Respect, civility, integrity and honesty are not just words; they are intentions that must be present in our interactions with one another.

Civility requires cooperation, tolerance, forgiveness, acceptance, inclusiveness, kindness, compassion, courtesy, perception, and patience. It is expressed not only in the words we choose, but also in our tone, demeanor, and actions.

We honor the right of expression as a hallmark of learning, and we treasure intellectual freedom, tempered with respect for the rights of others, even when individual or group points of view are controversial or out of favor with prevailing perspectives. Individuals should not feel intimidated or be subject to reprisal for voicing their concerns, or for participating in governance or policy making.

An individual's perception of what is or is not civil conduct can be influenced by their culture and life experiences. We can all use assistance from time to time in understanding or seeing behaviors through the eyes of another person. We need to acknowledge these differences and be open to receiving feedback from someone who may perceive something we have done, without intent, as being uncivil. We also need to evaluate our own expectations of civility to ensure that we are not setting an unrealistically high bar.

In the face of incivility, silence can indicate consent; we each have responsibility to speak out to counteract incivility.

Guide Posts:

  • Civility begins with me.
  • Each person is responsible for creating and maintaining a positive place to learn and to work, where everyone can flourish.
  • Take responsibility for one's own choices. Accept your responsibility to engage courteously in all forms of communication (oral, written, and electronic).
  • Listening, not just hearing, but listening with respect, is the proper response to others.
  • Regardless of status, everyone has worth and dignity which should be valued.
  • Recognize contributions of others and value their opinions.
  • All members of the community are responsible for and expected to exemplify and promote civility, integrity, and concern for the common good.
  • Demonstrate and promote fair and just treatment; practice forgiveness and compassion.

Adopted by SJECCD Board of Trustees - 10.8.2013


Sam Ho

Director of Communications, Community Relations & Diversity  

Chancellor's Office

San José▪Evergreen Community College District

40 S. Market St.
San José, CA 95113(408) 223-6798
FAX (408) 239-8801




Civility Statement



SJECCD Supporting Page