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Collegiality Policy

Authority: Academic Affairs and Enrollment Management
Date Enacted or Revised: December 2014; Revised February 26, 2019; March 16, 2022

Expectations for Collegiality

Collegiality refers to behavior that is professional, cooperative, and respectful in a manner consistent with being a productive citizen of the department, college, and University. Collegiality applies across instruction, research, and service and serves as one of several criteria related to job performance level (e.g., “satisfactory” or “unsatisfactory” level of performance). Non-collegial behavior is that which does not meet the definition of collegiality as stated above and detracts from the productivity of faculty and staff. Respectful disagreement and infrequent/isolated incidents of discord should not be designated as non-collegial behavior. Civil discussion related to differences of opinion and diverse views are crucial to the health of any academic environment. Examples of non-collegial behavior include but are not limited to:

  • Frequently insulting other faculty members in front of students or frequently insulting students in front of others;
  • Consistently demonstrating lack of involvement in faculty meetings, University events, and employment responsibilities; and
  • Regularly being unwilling to offer minimal assistance to other faculty members, the department, or college when expertise, help, or advice is requested.


This policy is distributed via the University Policies webpage.