Principles of Community



We seek to foster an open-minded understanding among individuals, organizations and groups. We support this understanding through outreach, increasing opportunities for collaboration, formal education programs and strategies for resolving disagreement.

Consideration goes both ways


We are encouraged to be engaged in the university community. Thus, we strive to build a genuine community that promotes the advancement of knowledge, cooperation and leadership.

You are at Iowa State University for a reason


We recognize that the mission of the university is enhanced when we work together to achieve our goals. Therefore, we value each member of the Iowa State University community for their insights and efforts, collective and individual, to enhance the quality of campus life.

Teamwork makes the dream work


Richness of diversity

We recognize and cherish the richness of diversity in our university experience. Furthermore, we strive to increase the diversity of ideas, cultures and experiences throughout the university community.

No two people at Iowa State University are the same - and that is a good thing

Freedom from discrimination

We recognize that we must strive to overcome historical and divisive biases in our society. Therefore, we commit ourselves to create and maintain a community in which all students, staff, faculty and administrators can work together in an atmosphere free from discrimination, and to respond appropriately to all acts of discrimination.

Biases. We all have them. Challenge them.

Honest and respectful expression of ideas

We affirm the right to and the importance of a free exchange of ideas at Iowa State University within the bounds of courtesy, sensitivity and respect. We work together to promote awareness of various ideas through education and constructive strategies to consider and engage in honest disagreements.

Don't just tolerate others' perspectives. Hear them.




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Spray-paint hate

Iowa State Daily
July 7, 2005

Students, faculty will rally together against hate in response to graffiti

Iowa State Daily
July 12, 2005

Rally supports diversity at ISU

Iowa State Daily
July 14, 2005

Principles Commission charter

Original source unknown
Fall 2005

Searching for values

Iowa State Daily
December 5, 2005

ISU leaders support GSB commission

Iowa State Daily
December 7, 2005

Commission report - A Framework for the Principles of Community

April 2006

Geoffroy requests input on Principles of Community

Inside Iowa State
April 28, 2006

Comments on six principles of community due Oct. 1

Inside Iowa State
August 26, 2006

Principles Approved

Inside Iowa State
February 9, 2007

Leath reintroduces Principles of Community

Inside Iowa State
August 25, 2016

Promoting ISU’s Principles of Community in Your Syllabus

Teaching News | ISU CELT
August 17, 2017

Student Affairs introduction video

Model Farm
August 2018