Civility Toolkit

Civility is a conscious awareness of the impact of one’s thoughts, actions, words, and intentions on others; combined with,

  1. A continuous acknowledgement of one’s responsibility to ease the experience of others (e.g., through restraint, kindness, non-judgment, respect, and courtesy); and

  2. Consistent effort to adopt and exhibit civil behavior as a non-negotiable point of one’s character. (Lewena Bayer, CEO Civility Experts Worldwide Inc.).

Valuing diversity, equity, and inclusion promotes personal growth by gaining knowledge from diverse people, perspectives, and principles.

Therefore, the purpose of this toolkit serves as a guide to understanding how to express basic courtesy and the practice of behaviors that contribute toward a positive learning and working environment.

Open and Civil Dialogue

The Student Conduct Code and Free Speech and Expression Policy explains your rights and responsibilities as well as the College’s expectations for various forms of open and civil dialogue.

We expect you to:

  • Be ethical in your participation in the academic community.

  • Take responsibility for what you say and do; be courteous and honest communication in both face-to-face and electronic environments.

  • Be respectful of diverse cultures and points of view.

  • Refrain from vulgar and offensive language.

  • Behave in a manner that is respectful of the dignity of others, treating others with civility, understanding, and persons of worth. Be collegial.

Free Speech and Public Assembly on Campus

Reporting Acts of Incivility or Misconduct

If you've witnessed or been part of an act of incivility or misconduct, there are many people at Hawkeye who can help you.

If the claim is against a:

  • Student, contact the Dean of Students.
  • Faculty member, contact the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs.
  • Staff member, contact the Executive Director of Human Resource Services.

If claim is in reference to bias incident, contact the Director or Diversity and Inclusion.

To report violent behavior or threats of harm, contact Public Safety.


Resources for Students

Contact Information

Dean of Students

Nancy Henderson
Student Services
Hawkeye Center 208
Email Nancy Henderson

Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs

Lynn LaGrone
Hawkeye Center 106
Email Lynn LaGrone

Executive Director of Human Resource Services

Susan Hauber
Hawkeye Center 101
Email Susan Hauber

Diversity and Inclusion


Rhonda McRina
Hawkeye Center 232
Email Rhonda McRina

Public Safety

Hawkeye Center 216
Email Public Safety

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