Practicing Civil Discourse During Election Season

Dear Saint Mary’s Community, 
 
With Election Day almost here, we want to remind the campus community of the importance of civil discourse during what can be a time of heightened emotion. We encourage all members of the Saint Mary’s community to practice civility and respect the rights of all individuals and groups. As a Catholic, Lasallian, and liberal arts college, Saint Mary’s embraces the diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives of its community members. It is critical to support and maintain a learning environment where all are valued and heard and have the space to examine ideas, assess the thinking and the facts behind them, reflect, re-evaluate our thoughts, and pose new ideas for discussion. At the same time, Saint Mary’s also affirms every community member’s right to an environment that is free from harassment of any kind. The College will not tolerate the subjection of another person, group, or class of persons to inappropriate, abusive, threatening, or demeaning actions at any time. Individuals found to be in violation of our student code of conduct or college policies will be referred to the appropriate office for adjudication.
 
As President Plumb shared recently, this is an exciting and important period for our democracy and our students’ civic participation. We take great pride in how our campus community engages in the political process, and we encourage the expression and exploration of ideas across the political spectrum in a constructive and respectful manner.
 
Sincerely,
 
Corey Cook, Executive Vice President and Provost
Anthony Garrison-Engbrecht, Vice President for Student Life