Fredonia Ideals

Fredonia is a community of students, faculty and staff dedicated to the pursuit of excellence through education. In order to accomplish such goals, the campus community must work together to maintain the high standards, values and ideals expected in a community of scholars.

Fredonia Strives to Be:

An Educational Community sharing academic goals, with students, faculty and staff working together to strengthen teaching and learning;

An Ethical Community reflecting honesty, integrity and fairness in both academic and extracurricular pursuits;

An Open Community welcoming new ideas and protecting freedom of thought, belief and expression;

A Safe Community respecting each other’s rights, personal safety, privacy and property;

A Civil Community expressing disagreements in rational and non-threatening ways and treating all individuals with consideration, decency and respect;

A Responsible Community accepting obligations under clearly articulated principles designed to support the common good;

A Just Community seeking to resolve conflict and violations of conduct standards fairly and equitably;

A Healthy Community respecting and promoting physical and emotional wellness and avoiding alcohol and drug abuse;

A Diverse Community celebrating diversity and learning from differences;

A Socially Conscious Community seeking to contribute to the betterment of society through service;

A Watchful Community remaining alert and taking steps to eliminate threats posed by hatred, intolerance, racism, sexism, ageism and other injustices.

Adapted from Ernest L. Boyer’s, Report on Campus Life, The Carnegie Foundation 1990, the Fredonia Challenge 1995 and from the SUNY Potsdam Pledge 2001.

Endorsed by the Fredonia Student Association, the Task Force on Academic Integrity, the Student Affairs Committee and the College Senate in May 2002.