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Habits for Community Living at UD

Good choices made repeatedly over time develop into habits, which have a positive lifelong influence. The following habits are essential for living the Catholic and Marianist vision of community. Individuals, groups and organizations are called to develop and practice these habits, whether they are on campus, off campus or online.

Integrate Learning and Living at UD

Are the physical, spiritual, academic, social and personal dimensions of my life in harmony?

  • Learn about the Catholic and Marianist views of life that shape UD’s values.
  • Inform and integrate your faith and beliefs with your academic learning and moral living.
  • Seek truth and wisdom, not just knowledge and job skills.
  • Seek out mentors and models who will affirm and challenge you.
  • Consider your life’s path not just as a career, but as a vocation or a calling from God.
  • Grieve losses, embrace challenges, celebrate successes. Live fully and joyfully.

Treat Yourself with Respect

Do I respect myself? How does my behavior show it?

  • Seek relationships that bring out the best in you and others.
  • Make choices that are safe, healthy and consistent with your faith tradition and values.
  • Follow the law. Don’t abuse alcohol or controlled substances.
  • Develop a sense of reverence for the dignity of your own sexuality.
  • Develop a social media presence that is consistent with your values and beliefs.

Treat Others with Respect

Does my behavior show respect for the people around me?

  • Demonstrate dignity and respect in your communication with others.
  • Develop relationships with people who are different from you.
  • Honor the dignity and sexual integrity of others with your actions and words.
  • Pay attention to the safety, comfort and health of others.
  • Consider the impact of your online presence on others and as reflection of this community.
  • Learn to handle conflict with respect, dialogue, understanding and forgiveness.

Be Honest and Truthful and Live with Integrity

Am I becoming the kind of person I want to be?

  • Model moral behavior and virtue.
  • Practice behavior that is not insulting, demeaning, destructive or harmful to you or others.
  • Exercise academic integrity. Follow the UD Honor Code.
  • Respond truthfully and respectfully when your behavior is questioned by another.
  • Accept the consequences of your behavior, while learning to forgive and to accept forgiveness.

Develop Your Faith Life

Am I willing to be part of a faith tradition that is larger and wiser than I am?

  • Develop a capacity for silence.
  • Pray, alone and with others. Participate in worship.
  • Reflect on how faith contributes meaning to and challenges your everyday life.
  • Study your religious tradition to deepen your understanding, practice and commitment to it.
  • Learn about and show respect for the religious traditions of others.
  • Live gratefully; show appreciation; give thanks to God and others.

Take Responsibility for Self and Community

What does it mean for me or my organization to contribute to the common good?

  • Exercise self-discipline as an individual and in group situations.
  • Be aware of the weakest and most vulnerable around you and seek to serve and empower them.
  • Challenge groups and organizations to respond to community problems and needs.
  • Speak up when you witness alcohol abuse, drug use, violence, vandalism and behaviors that harm or demean people or damage community.
  • Engage in sustainable practices that protect and nurture the environment as a portion of God's creation.

Practice Service in Leadership

How do I learn from others and encourage them to use their gifts?

  • Listen first. Learn from others. Consider the needs of all.
  • Practice humility and generosity of spirit when using your gifts and skills.
  • Lead for the common good of the community, not to advance your own image.
  • Speak up for those in need and those who have no voice.
  • Encourage your student organization to make a positive contribution to UD and to the city of Dayton.

The distinctive family spirit of life at UD depends on the commitment each of us makes to the Catholic and Marianist vision of learning and living in community. In the struggles and joys of forming genuine community, students are encouraged to support one another and to draw on the support of faculty and staff, advisors and mentors. Together, our commitment to these principles and habits will form us with life-long skills for making a difference in our world.


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