Our Guiding Principles
As an institution and as individuals, we are guided by the following principles:
- We promote the highest standards of intellectual inquiry and rigor, in keeping with the university’s proven commitment to the “continual sifting and winnowing by which alone the truth can be found.”
- We support learning for its own sake, throughout our lives, as a service to the greater good.
- We fiercely defend intellectual freedom and combine it with responsibility and civility so that all who work and live on our campus can question, criticize, teach, learn, create, and grow.
- We observe the highest ethical integrity in everything we do.
- We believe in the importance of working with and learning from those whose backgrounds and views differ from our own.
- We share the belief that neither origin nor economic background should be barriers to participation in the community.
- We are committed to being responsible stewards of our human, intellectual, cultural, financial, and environmental resources.
- We promote the application of research and teaching to issues of importance for the state, the nation, and the world, and we place learning and discovery in the service of political, economic, social, and cultural progress.