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Statement on Dignity

University of Dayton Statement on Dignity:

The Dignity of Persons Within the University Community and Standards of Behavior

The dignity of the human person is rooted in
[the person's] creation in the image and likeness of God;
it is fulfilled in [the person's] vocation to divine beatitude.  . . . 
The divine image is present in every person.
It shines forth in the communion of persons, in the likeness
of the unity of the divine persons among themselves.  
Catholic Catechism
, 1700, 1701.

            A primary assertion of both our religious and civil traditions is the inviolable dignity of each person. Recognition of and respect for the person are central to our life as a Christian and education community and are what allow us to pursue our common mission while being many diverse persons. Thus discrimination, harassment, and any other conduct that diminishes the worth of a person are incompatible with our fundamental commitment as a Catholic university conducted in the Marianist tradition.

            Every person regardless of race, color, creed, ethnicity, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex/gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, genetic information, military status, veteran status, familial status or disability shall be treated with respect and dignity.  No person shall be subject to any sexual, racial, psychological, physical, verbal or other similar harassment or abuse, or be denied equitable consideration for access to employment and the programs, services and activities of the University.

            The quality of our campus life and community is dependent on the conduct of each of its members. The university expects that the behavior of its community members will reflect civility, decency and respect for oneself and others. While certain expectations are more fully elaborated in specific policies, overall guidance should be respect for the dignity of each person.