Civility Code


COFAC places a priority on learning. We value the inherent worth and dignity of every person, thereby fostering a community of mutual respect.  Students have the right to a learning environment free of disruptive behaviors and offensive comments.  Faculty have the right to define appropriate behavioral expectations in the classroom and expect students to abide by them.  Faculty have the responsibility to manage and address classroom disruption.  Staff have the right and responsibility to define appropriate behaviors necessary to conduct any university activity free of disruption or obstruction.

We believe that in order to achieve these ideals, all COFAC students, staff, and faculty are expected to exhibit and practice civil behaviors that exemplify: (1) respecting faculty, staff, fellow students, guests, and all university property, policies, rules and regulations; (2) taking responsibility for one’s choices, actions and comments; (3) delivering correspondence – whether verbal, nonverbal, written, or electronic – with respectful language using professional writing standards and etiquette; and (4) accepting consequences of one’s choices and actions. 

The use of offensive, threatening or abusive language, writing, or behavior will not be tolerated and can lead to academic dismissal.  Further information about civility can be found in Appendix F of the university catalog.