The UW Colleges will be Wisconsin’s institution of access, innovation and quality in teaching, learning and community service.

In order to realize the mission, all members of the UW Colleges community have a responsibility to promote and a right to expect:

Respect for Persons

Basic to respect is the freedom of inquiry and expression — the right to be heard and the obligation to listen. Respect is mutual; it is founded on the recognition that members of the community are multi-faceted with many gifts and challenges and come from diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. The campus environment should be free from intimidation and harassment. Disagreement within the community is expected to be resolved through a process of mutual respect.

Personal Integrity

All community members must meet high standards of personal and academic integrity. Recognizing the value of others' time and effort, we strive to be accurate, to be timely, and to evaluate critically. Views should be presented honestly; taking credit where credit is not due contradicts the goals of learning.

Individual Development

Initiative, critical thinking, the pursuit of truth and the exchange of ideas are essential to any academic experience. Community members should be committed to continuous improvement in themselves and others. All should be prepared to devote whatever time and effort is necessary both to educate and be educated. As the learning community fosters self-development, it should provide ample and accurate advising. Opportunities for professional development and training are essential for individual growth.

Considerate Assessment

The learning environment requires considerate assessment. The criteria for assessment should be mutually acknowledged, public and unambiguous. Assessment should be ongoing, focusing not only on individual community members but also on the educational process itself. The community helps its members to identify and assess their various responsibilities.

Responsive Institution

Each member of the community has a right and a responsibility to contribute to the success of the institution. The university should provide a responsive curriculum, smooth transfer procedures, and fair grievance processes and policies. All segments should be involved in budgeting and other long-range planning. Leaders seek and respect input gained through the shared governance process, so that decisions are made in the best interests of all members. Institutional and campus policies contribute to the success of all members of the community.