members of the Colby community declare their intention to live and work on a
campus where social behavior befits the extraordinary intelligence and
camaraderie of the student body, where employees focus on tasks designed to
undergird the achievement of teaching and learning, and where scholarship and
personal excellence have the opportunity to thrive.
We affirm this intention by adhering to the
following community expectations:
- We, the
students, faculty, staff, trustees, alumni, and families of Colby College,
affirm the fundamental values of our community, including respect for
ourselves, respect for others, and respect for our physical environment.
- We expect all
members of the Colby community to strive for excellence in our primary
roles at the College.
- We expect the
opportunity to thrive and grow at Colby in an atmosphere of rigorous
intellectual pursuit. We affirm our intention to integrate our academic,
intellectual, and social lives and to challenge, in ourselves and in our
community, behaviors that impede the ability to achieve that integration.
- We recognize the
contributions and sacrifices, from students and families, alumni and
friends, employees and Waterville neighbors that form the foundation of Colby's
position as one of the finest liberal arts colleges in the world. We
affirm our intention to honor those contributions and sacrifices by living
as responsible, respectful members of the community, and by taking full
advantage of the opportunities afforded by Colby.
In light of these expectations, with specific reference to alcohol use and
- We affirm the
legal right of some in our community to consume alcohol but insist that it
be consumed in a manner that promotes a climate essential to the freedom
to study, to think, to speak, to work, and to learn.
- We expect our
leaders to stand for a community in which alcohol abuse and the many
negative behaviors associated with it are confronted and condemned.
- We expect to be
afforded opportunities to be educated, and to engage in open, thoughtful
dialogue about alcohol use and abuse.
- We affirm that
abuse of alcohol is disrespectful to ourselves and dishonorable in light
of the sacrifices made by others.
- We expect our
friends and colleagues to confront us when we behave irresponsibly,
disrespectfully, or dangerously in our use of alcohol. We affirm our
intention to intervene when we encounter such behavior.