Policies

Guidelines and Suggestions

Guidelines and Suggestions

As members of a caring community we recognize that freedom of expression and freedom of belief are not only rights, but also privileges. We have a choice regarding when and how we exercise our freedom to share our ideas and beliefs with others. Before we speak, we might consider the following questions* as we reflect on what it means to engage in respectful dialogue:

Sources: *Earlham College Community Principles and Practices: http://www.earlham.edu/p&p.htm 

Suggestions that evolve from the guiding principles for respectful dialogue:

Avoid making sweeping generalizations that appear to speak on behalf of others or that make claims about what others think or believe. It is unlikely that all members of a group that share a common label will subscribe to exactly the same set of beliefs - unless it is a very small group.