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COMMUNITY IS MORE THAN A WORD. IT IS OUR SHARED VISION.

The Catholic and Marianist vision of education makes the University of Dayton community unique. It shapes the "warmth of welcome"1 we first experience when we arrive on campus and the family spirit we treasure long after graduation. It calls us to academic rigor integrated with faith and life. It challenges each of us to take up the hard work necessary to build the intellectual, spiritual, religious, moral, physical, and social dimensions of our educational community.2

1. Rule of Life of the Society of Mary, (Dayton, OH: Marianist Press, 1984), article 8.
2. “A Vision of Excellence,” University of Dayton. September 2005. Available at www.udayton.edu/provost/#3.

DO YOU FEEL CHALLENGED TO A DEEPER UNDERSTANDING OF COMMUNITY AND RESPONSIBILITY?

Commitment to Community highlights three Catholic and Marianist principles for learning and living in community and the seven key habits that are derived from them. You are called to understand these principles and to develop these habits. Doing so will strengthen our educational community and will prepare you to live as a mature member of society.

PRACTICING VIRTUOUS BEHAVIOR DEVELOPS VIRTUOUS PEOPLE.

The Commitment to Community at the University of Dayton enables students to understand the principles of community living operative in the Catholic and Marianist tradition and fosters critical reflection to develop habits for living aligned with these values.

Administrators, faculty, staff, and students utilize both the full document and the more simplified C2C pledge as a framework to challenge students and organizations to engage in the hard work necessary to build the intellectual, spiritual, religious, moral, physical, and social dimensions of the educational community.  When students embrace and live by these principles and habits, they are more able to become persons of great character and integrity committed to building community in the world that is reflective of a Catholic and Marianist education.

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BACKGROUND INFORMATION, 2005—2011

Catholic and Marianist Philosophy of Community Living (3-7-12)

In 2005, leadership from Student Development and Campus Ministry drafted the Catholic and Marianist Philosophy of Community Living, which became known as the 3-7-12. At the time, Student Development was preparing to implement the Community Standards Process in Residence Education that would improve the way students on each floor set behavioral guidelines and expectations of one another and change the way visitation standards were developed.

The development of the 2005 version included a writing process led by Campus Ministry and Student Development, consultation with UD theologians, and approval by the President’s Council.

The 2005 Catholic and Marianist Philosophy of Community Living (3-7-12) was written to:

  • Ground student’s moral and behavioral expectations in the Catholic theological principles and aspects of our Marianist charism as they are applied to campus life and residential living.
  • Identify specific practical living and tough developmental issues and encourage reflection and conversation about them among students.
  • Utilize "Catholic" language to highlight practical living and behavioral issues in a way that applies and appeals to all students no matter what their religious background.
  • Serve as an introduction to the student handbook and a foundation for the residence education Community Standards process.
  • Serve as a resource for faculty and staff across the university in their work with students.

The 2005 version was well received by students, staff, and faculty. Implementation included a professionally produced video shown at new student orientation, a 2-3 year long campus wide poster campaign, integration into Student Development staff training and policy development, and Residence Life ministry programming (retreats, student dinners). In addition, some faculty utilized the document in ASI and other courses; it served as the foundation for a special issues forum on community at Stander; it served as a philosophical foundation for the Office of Community Standards and Civility, and became a recruiting tool for new students, faculty, and staff. The Catholic and Marianist Philosophy of Community Living quickly became a new articulation of UD’s Catholic and Marianist Mission. Download the Commitment To Community History (.pdf).

COMMITMENT TO COMMUNITY (C2C)

By 2009, initial implementation campaigns were completed and it became apparent that the 3-7-12 needed a new look and implementation plan. Five factors fueled motivation for the revision: 1) the complete version of the text was only available in an unappealing text form, 2) the video was out-dated, 3) new staff and faculty were unfamiliar with the text and its importance to life at UD, 4) the document name(s) were ineffective at representing its purpose, and 5) various campus constituencies were editing the original to develop shorter versions, which occasionally compromised its theological integrity. President Curran, Provost Saliba, and Rector Fr. Paul Marshall, S.M. gave Student Development and Campus Ministry the charge to revise the document for implementation in the academic year 2010-11.

Feedback and suggestions for the revision were sought from select faculty, directors and assistant directors in Campus Ministry and Student Development. Once revised, the text was reviewed by NSO student leadership staff and the Critical Student Issue committee in Student Development. It was approved by the President’s Council in May 2010.

PRINCIPLES OF COMMUNITY LIVING

OUR COMMUNITY IS BUILT WITH MORE
THAN BRICKS AND MORTAR.

The Catholic and Marianist vision of education makes the University of Dayton community unique. It shapes the "warmth of welcome"1 we first experience when we arrive on campus and the family spirit we treasure long after graduation. It calls us to academic rigor integrated with faith and life. It challenges each of us to take up the hard work necessary to build the intellectual, spiritual, religious, moral, physical, and social dimensions of our educational community.2

Behavior, expectations, policies and relationships at the University of Dayton are guided by the Catholic moral tradition. Commitment to Community highlights three Catholic and Marianist principles for learning and living in community and the seven key habits that are derived from them. You are called to understand these principles and to develop these habits. Doing so will strengthen our educational community and will prepare you to live as a mature member of society.

1. Rule of Life of the Society of Mary, (Dayton, OH: Marianist Press, 1984), article 8.
2. “A Vision of Excellence,” University of Dayton. September 2005. Available at www.udayton.edu/provost/#3.

Learn more about the principles. Follow the links in the For More Information box.

SEVEN HABITS CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE AND OUR COMMUNITY.

Good choices made repeatedly over time develop into habits, which have a positive lifelong influence. The seven habits are essential for living the Catholic and Marianist vision of community. Individuals, groups and organizations are called to develop these habits.

Learn more about the seven habits. Follow the links in the For More Information box.

THIS IS OUR COMMUNITY. OTHERS RECOGNIZE OUR COMMITMENT.

As an advancing top-tier Catholic research institution, our Commitment to Community remains evident as an integral aspect of our campus life at the University of Dayton. Others recognize and applaud our dedication as a campus community of students, staff, faculty whose commitment to the C2C document and philosophy permeates our work and interactions with one another. The National Association for Student Affairs at Catholic Colleges and Universities has awarded the University of Dayton the 2012 ASACCU Best Practices Award in the Dean of Students category. For more information please read A State of Mind.

While further integrating Catholic and Marianist values into our campus culture, others also recognize the connection between our Commitment to Community and the university's motto of Learn, Lead, and Serve. Honored for Community Service acknowledges the University of Dayton's being named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

WE'RE ALL ABOUT COMMUNITY. BUT SOMETIMES WE SINGLE OUT A FEW.

Among our favorite activities are the opportunities to recognize and applaud the people who help make the University of Dayton such a special place.

We look forward to these moments when we can put the spotlight on the spiritual and intellectual contributions our faculty, staff and students make. These award winners take steps to help us enhance the Catholic and Marianist characteristics that set the University of Dayton apart.

When you see who's on the lists of past recipients, you'll understand why this is one of the best things we do every year.

Faith in Action

Office of Mission and Rector Awards

Campus Ministry's Center for Social Concern Miryam Award

Celebrating Our Student Leaders, Organizations, and Advisers

Student Development's Student Leadership AwardsStudent Organization Leadership Awards, and Adviser Leadership Awards

Student Development's Leadership Awards Past Recipients

 
Student Development
300 College Park
Dayton, OH 45469-0950

William M. Fischer, J.D.
Vice President of Student Development
Gosiger Hall, Room 223
 
Christine Schramm
Associate Vice President of Student Development
and Dean of Students
Gosiger Hall, Room 202
937-229-1212
 
Campus Ministry
Crystal Sullivan
Director of Campus Ministry
Liberty Hall Room 101A