Civility in a college community is essential for success in and out of the classroom. Wake Tech is committed to promoting awareness of civility among students, faculty, staff and administrators. All are invited to practice these traits for the benefit of a civil campus.

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"Civility is not a sign of weakness."
- President John F. Kennedy

"Life at its best is a creative synthesis of opposites in fruitful harmony."
- Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

"Be civil to all, sociable to many, familiar with few, friend to one, enemy to none."
– Benjamin Franklin

Civility rules

  • Show kindness to others
  • Treat others with respect, even if you are being disrespected
  • Be courteous to others in speech and action
  • Agree to disagree
  • Stay calm when provoked
  • Say "please" and "thank  you"
  • Think before you speak

25 rules of considerate conduct

  1. Pay attention
  2. Acknowledge others
  3. Think the best
  4. Listen
  5. Be inclusive
  6. Speak kindly
  7. Don’t speak ill
  8. Accept and give praise
  9. Respect even a subtle "no"
  10. Respect others’ opinions
  11. Mind your body
  12. Be agreeable
  13. Keep it down (and rediscover silence)
  14. Respect other people’s time
  15. Respect other people’s space
  16. Apologize earnestly and thoughtfully
  17. Assert yourself
  18. Avoid personal questions
  19. Care for your guests
  20. Be a considerate guest
  21. Think twice before asking for favors
  22. Refrain from idle complaints
  23. Give constructive criticism
  24. Respect the environment and be gentle to animals
  25. Don’t shift responsibility and blame

From "Choosing Civility". Copyright © 2002 P. M. Forni. (St. Martin’s Press, 2002)