Community is more than a word. It's our shared vision.

The Catholic and Marianist vision of education makes the University of Dayton community unique. It shapes the “warmth of welcome” we first experience and the “family spirit” we treasure. It calls us to academic rigor integrated with faith and life. It challenges each person and group to take up the hard work necessary to build the intellectual, spiritual, religious, moral, physical, and social dimensions of our educational community.  A key part of success as a member of the UD community and an ILLC is an understanding of the three Catholic and Marianist principles for learning and living in community and the key habits which are derived from them. Individuals and groups are called to understand these principles and to develop these habits. Doing so will strengthen the educational community at UD and will prepare students to live as mature members of society.

PRINCIPLES OF COMMUNITY LIVING:

  • Community Living is an Essential Learning Experience
  • The Dignity of Every Person
  • The Common Good

HABITS FOR COMMUNITY LIVING:

TREAT YOURSELF WITH RESPECT
  • Seek relationships that bring out the best in you and others.
  • Make choices which 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.
TREAT OTHERS WITH RESPECT
  • 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.
  • Learn to handle conflict with respect, dialogue, understanding, and forgiveness.
BE HONEST, TRUTHFUL, AND LIVE WITH INTEGRITY
  • 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
  • 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, and give thanks to God and others.
INTEGRATE LEARNING AND LIVING AT UD
  • Learn about Catholic and Marianist views of life, which 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, a calling from God.
  • Grieve losses, embrace challenges, celebrate successes: live fully and joyfully.
TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR SELF AND COMMUNITY
  • Exercise self-discipline as an individual and in group situations.
  • Be aware of the weakest and most vulnerable around you and seek to serve 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 and damage community.
PRACTICE SERVANT LEADERSHIP
  • 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 good of the community, not for advancing 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.

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