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Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world community. Learning from the experiences that shape Virginia Tech as an institution, we acknowledge those aspects of our legacy that reflected bias and exclusion. Therefore, we adopt and practice the following principles as fundamental to our on-going 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 the University. 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, disability, 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 these principles in the spirit of the Virginia Tech motto of Ut Prosim (That I May Serve).

 

Reaffirmed by eight university organizations, September 29, 2014.

 

Deborah Petrine, Rector, Board of Visitors
Timothy Sands, President
Bernice Hausman, President, Faculty Senate
Dan Cook, President, Staff Senate
Elizabeth Lazor, President, Student Government Association
Greg Purdy, Presidents, Graduate Student Assembly
Matt Winston Jr., President, Virginia Tech Alumni Association
Aaron Bond, Commission on Equal Opportunity and Diversity

 


Note: The "Virginia Tech Principles of Community" were endorsed by the Board of Visitors March 14, 2005, by eight university organizations. Ben J. Davenport Jr., Rector, Board of Visitors, Charles W. Steger, President, Virginia Tech, W. Samuel Easterling, President, Faculty Senate, Sue Ellen Crocker, President, Staff Senate, Sumeet Bagai, President, Student Government Association, Myrna C. Callison and Yvette Quintela, Co-Presidents, Graduate Student Assembly, Raymond V. Plaza, Chair, Commission on Equal Opportunity and Diversity.

The "Virginia Tech Principles of Community" were reaffirmed September 29, 2014 by eight university organizations. Deborah Petrine, Rector, Board of Visitors, Timothy Sands, President, Bernice Hausman, President, Faculty Senate, Dan Cook, President, Staff Senate, Elizabeth Lazor, President, Student Government Association, Greg Purdy, Presidents, Graduate Student Assembly, Matt Winston Jr., President, Virginia Tech Alumni Association, Aaron Bond, Commission on Equal Opportunity and Diversity.


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