Civil Discourse

Leading with Civility 

Baylor is guided by a Christian commitment that honors diverse thought, scholarly inquiry, and robust student engagement.  The opportunity to lead and learn with your peers in a student organization is one of the most enriching experiences the University offers.  The diversity of life experiences, interests and perspectives cultivates a vibrant learning environment that may, at times, generate disagreement. Within these moments of discord, Baylor is committed to being a community that engages with the highest standard of civility and respect set forth by Jesus Christ’s instruction to be “quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry” (James 1:19). Our Christian tradition also asks us to love the way God loves, believing every person is made in the very image of God (Imago Dei), worthy of being treated with dignity, generosity, and compassion.  As we “encourage one another and build each other up” (1 Thessalonians 5:11) let us be steadfast in our dedication to these principles as the foundation upon which a Baylor education thrives.

Thus, we commit as students and student organizations, to lead with humility for what we do not know and seek understanding for what we cannot see.  We will actively pursue “the worthwhile things, the constructive things, the things that have been built for good of mankind and for the glory of God” (Immortal Message, Samuel Palmer Brooks) as the highest calling.  We, as leaders of this community, will utilize the resources provided for us to pursue this call to civil discourse, reconciliation and restoration.


Responsibility as a Student Leader to Model Civility 

This commitment to civility will be practiced in all modes of communication and through all platforms and venues. While the institution does not monitor all communication for all student organizations all of the time, we will appropriately engage with student organization leaders and advisors where concerns are shared about behaviors not consistent with our commitment to civil discourse and respect or actions that may have violated University policies and/or Student Organization procedures.

In addition to addressing and engaging student leaders and advisors on these matters, the University also reserves the right to report the account to any social media platform or national organization with which the organization may be affiliated. Finally, if the behavior or content included in the reported area of concern is an alleged violation of other University policies, the student organization or individuals can be charged through the Student Conduct process (individual and/or group).