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Aug. 25, 2006

Comments on six principles of community due Oct. 1

by Diana Pounds

The Principles of Community -- a list of ideals that are intended to foster a welcoming climate for working and learning at Iowa State -- are undergoing one last review this fall.

Over the next few weeks, the campus community is urged to read the six principles and the accompanying framework for incorporating the principles into university life. The documents are on the principles web site at

Comments or suggestions on the principles should be submitted by Oct. 1 to

Hate graffiti discovered on campus in the summer of 2005 spurred development of the Principles of Community. The Government of the Student Body responded to the graffiti by appointing a principles commission to make recommendations to develop a more inclusive and diverse campus.

GSB senator Phil Hernandez and women's center director Penny Rice chaired the commission of seven students and three faculty and staff members who drafted the principles. The Principles of Community include such ideals as freedom from discrimination, honest and respectful expression of ideas and recognizing the richness of diversity.

The Principles of Community were subsequently endorsed by: GSB, Graduate and Professional Student Senate, Professional and Scientific Council, Faculty Senate Executive Board, Supervisory and Confidential Council, Inter-Residence Hall Association, Frederiksen Court Council, Collegiate Panhellenic Council, Interfraternity Council, Delta Lambda Phi social fraternity, ISU Public Safety director Jerry Stewart and Ames Police Chief Loras Jaeger.

A group of students, faculty and staff, led by Rice, will review all comments on the current drafts of the Principles of Community and the framework. The group will forward its recommendations for changes on the draft to President Gregory Geoffroy and the president's cabinet in October.


  • Now-Oct. 1. Campus community reviews and comments on principles and framework for incorporating principles
  • Oct. 1. Deadline to submit comments to:
  • Oct. 1-15. Group of students, faculty and staff review input, recommend changes to principles, framework
  • Oct. 16. President's cabinet reviews revised principles, framework
  • Oct. 16-Nov. 1. Principles, framework go to Geoffroy for final review, adoption