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3 - Behavioral Philosophy

3 - Behavioral Philosophy

Citizenship is the process whereby the individual and the collaborative group become responsibly connected to the community and the society through leadership development activity. To be a good citizen is to work for positive change on behalf of others and the community. Citizenship thus acknowledges the interdependence of all who are involved in or affected by these efforts. It recognizes that the common purpose of the group must incorporate a sense of concern for the rights and welfare of all those who might be affected by the group’s efforts. Good citizenship thus recognizes that effective democracy involves individual responsibility as well as individual rights.

Bonous-Hammarth, Chambers, Goldberg, Johnson, Komives, Landgon, Leland, Lucas, Pope, Roberts, & Shellogg, 1995, A Social Change Model of Leadership Development, Guidebook, Version III, p. 25.

The University of Montana Western is a community of scholars in which the ideals of freedom of inquiry, freedom of thought, freedom of expression, and freedom of the individual are honored and celebrated. Montana Western is committed to preserving the exercise of any right guaranteed to individuals by the constitution. However, the exercise and preservation of these freedoms and rights require a respect for the rights of all in the community to enjoy to the same extent.  It is clear that in a community of learning, willful disruption of the educational process or the abridgement of the rights of other members of the University cannot be tolerated.

Students enrolling at Montana Western assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner compatible with the University’s function as an educational institution. To fulfill its functions of imparting and gaining knowledge, Montana Western retains the power and authority to maintain order within the University.

Montana Western students are citizens of an academic community. While academic policies set forth the expectations for student achievement and performance, student codes establish the basic social expectations for students as members of a community. As citizens, students enjoy the same freedoms and rights that all citizens enjoy and, as members of the academic community, they are subject to the obligations that accrue to them by virtue of this membership.

The University of Montana Western has had a long tradition of, and a deep commitment to, academic freedom. The welfare and strength of the University and of society at large depends upon the free search of truth and its free expression. To this end the University of Montana Western shall recognize and protect full freedom of inquiry, teaching, research, discussion, study, publication, and, for artists, the creation and exhibition of works of art, without hindrance, restriction, equivocation, and/or reprisal. This right extends to other facets of campus life to include the right of a faculty member to speak on general educational questions or about the administration and operation of the University of Montana Western and the Montana University System. The right of academic freedom shall be the right of every faculty member whether tenured or untenured.

This policy recognizes that each faculty member is also a citizen and a member of a learned profession, as well as an employee of an educational institution. When the faculty member speaks or writes as a citizen, the faculty member shall be free from institutional censorship or discipline. When acting as a private citizen, in writing, speech, or actions, the faculty member has an obligation to make it clear that the action, speech, or writing is as an individual and not as a representative of the University of Montana Western or the Montana University System.

University of Montana Policy and Procedures. Policy number 101.4, adopted 7/99, revised 8/04, and approved by Dr. George Dennison, President.

Each instructor has the responsibility and right to ensure and require respectful and safe behavior that fosters a productive learning environment in all courses.  At the discretion of the instructor, disrespectful, unruly, disorderly or unsafe behavior by any student may result in such necessary action as suspension or expulsion from the course or other action deemed appropriate by the instructor.

In keeping with this mission of the University, students are expected to:

  • Prepare for and attend classes.

  • Participate in class activities.

  • Invest time and effort to meet course requirements.

  • Complete assignments in a timely fashion.

  • Treat peers and instructors in a humanistic fashion.

  • Support peers in their efforts to acquire the skills needed to be successful citizens of an academic community.

  • Strive to apply what they learn in class to their lives outside the classroom through community service.

  • Demonstrate principles of academic integrity.

  • Challenge acts of academic fraud and other unethical or immoral behavior by their peers and institutional agents.

  • Participate in institutional governance.

  • Support diversity within the student body and individual expression.

  • Be actively involved in initiatives that link students, the institution, and society in a common cause.

  • Exercise guaranteed freedoms in a responsible manner consistent with the aims and traditions of the University.

  • Support peers through attendance at student activities, presentations, or performances.

Students can expect Montana Western to:

  • Offer a curriculum that provides a coherent intellectual experience that will prepare them to live productive lives after University.

  • Clearly delineate and explain requirements for all degrees in accessible institutional documents.

  • Offer all general education and major field courses at a rate that permits students to complete their educational objectives in a specified period of time.

  • Make advisors available with the knowledge to help students identify appropriate courses and vocational options.

  • Model ethical and moral behavior in all transactions.

  • Communicate clearly and apply fairly all rules, policies, and practices.

  • Provide programs, services, and facilities as described in institutional publications.