OCC Campus Civility

Civility Statement

Ocean County College defines civility primarily as the demonstration of respect for others, basic courtesy, reciprocity (treating others as we wish to be treated), and behaviors that create a positive environment in which to learn and to work.

The Trustees of the College and the College Administration set the tone for civil behavior through their professional conduct and through their leadership of the institution. All members of the college community create a positive environment characterized by considerate and principled conduct.

While no civility statement can guarantee considerate and principled conduct, the values set forth herewith represent institutional ideals and should serve as guide posts:

  1. Respect for the work of all persons
  2. Courteous discourse (oral, verbal, non-verbal and electronic)
  3. Honest interactions and utterances
  4. Fair and just treatment
  5. Integrity and keeping promises
  6. Commitment to the community college philosophy: Access, transfer, career preparation, workforce development, partnering, and community outreach. View OCC's mission and vision.
  7. Open professional communications
  8. Diversity, professionalism, and collegiality
  9. Free expression of views without meanness or a desire to do harm
  10. Tolerance of differing points of view
  11. Zero tolerance for any forms of cyber stalking, cyber bullying, or cyber sexual harassment (see the Attorney General's letter)
  12. A culture of honor that enhances our students' ethical and moral development and clearly communicates and consistently adheres to the definitions of and sanctions for academic dishonesty

These ideals are consistently modeled by those in leadership positions-in the administration, staff, faculty, and student body-and should provide direction for all members of the college community.

Contact Persons

The following campus personnel might prove useful for OCC employees who wish to discuss a civility issue with someone other than their immediate supervisor.

Kathleen Malachowski
Associate Professor, Health and Human Performance
ext. 2117

Kate Pandolpho
Counseling Services
ext. 2941

Sexual Harassment Response Team

Kate Pandolpho
Counseling Services
ext. 2941

William Rickert
Mathematics Professor
ext. 2179