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UC San Diego Principles of Community Overview

In 1998, former Chancellor Dynes along with vice chancellors, the academic senate chair and student leadership issued the Principles of Community. The Principles were developed by the Diversity Leadership Team (comprised of UC San Diego vice chancellors and department directors), and many other members of the UCSD community, including faculty, staff, and students.


The goals of the Principles include:

  • Providing fair treatment for faculty, staff, and students
  • Encouraging a climate of fairness, cooperation, and professionalism
  • Fostering inclusiveness, respect, and a welcoming environment
  • Promoting collaborative attitudes and actions


Today, the UC San Diego Principles of Community are implemented in a wide variety of ways in both the academic and business aspects of the university, such as:

  • One of four areas (UC San Diego Principles of Community, Diversity, Health and Safety, and Customer Service) in which individual performance is rated on the Performance Appraisal and Development model
  • A handout given to all new students
  • A subject discussed in several Staff Education and Development courses
  • A featured topic in the New Employee Orientation program
  • A component of many UC San Diego publications, including the general catalog and the financial report