The University of Missouri is a public land-grant university committed to teaching, learning, research and outreach to the state of Missouri, the nation and the world. We recognize that our campuses and central office are comprised of diverse community members having many perspectives, identities and lived experiences. We recognize that to create an inclusive and intellectually vibrant community, we must understand and value both our individual differences and our common ground. The Principles of Community is an aspirational statement that embodies this commitment and reflects the ideals we seek to uphold. Therefore, we adopt and practice the following principles as fundamental to our ongoing efforts to increase access and inclusion and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members.


We affirm the inherent dignity and value of every person and strive to maintain a climate for work and learning based on mutual respect and understanding.


We affirm the right of each person to express thoughts and opinions freely. We encourage open expression within a climate of civility, sensitivity and mutual respect.


We affirm the value of human diversity because it enriches our lives and our organizations. We acknowledge and respect our differences while affirming our common humanity.


We reject all forms of prejudice and discrimination, including those based on age, color, diverse ability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation and veteran status. We take individual and collective responsibility for helping to eliminate bias and discrimination and for increasing our own understanding of these issues through education, training and interaction with others.


We pledge our collective commitment to uphold these principles in the totality of our life together and in accordance with the University of Missouri’s values of Respect, Responsibility, Discovery and Excellence.

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