A compact is a set of principles shared by people engaged in a common purpose. At Buffalo State, the Compact for a Civil and Caring Academic Community describes how those who live, study, and work together as members of our campus community should treat each other with civility and respect, with care and concern, and with a commitment to the academic purpose for which Buffalo State exists.
Buffalo State’s compact is not a fixed document nor a policy, a rule, or a regulation. Rather, it is an understanding about what is right in our community—what behaviors contribute to achieving our mission, vision, and core values:
The compact is meant to foster conversation, interaction, and reflection on behavior as a way to promote understanding of self and others in the context of a shared community. It should be used by anyone who wants to help promote the standards and expectations arising from its premise that Buffalo State is and should be a civil and caring academic community.
The compact is based on the work of Ernest Boyer, former chancellor of the State University of New York, who proposed six principles for creating strong campus communities.
- Purposeful - Civil - Just
- Disciplined - Caring - Celebrative
A purposeful community:
In a disciplined community:
In a civil community:
In a caring community:
A just community:
A celebrative community:
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