History of Commitment to Community

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

In 2005, Student Development and Campus Ministry leadership drafted the Catholic and Marianist Philosophy of Community Living, which became known as the “3-7-12,” with consultation from University of Dayton theologians and approval from the President’s Council. This beginning document was written to:

  • Ground students’ 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 Catholic and Marianist Philosophy of Community Living quickly became a new articulation of the University of Dayton’s Catholic and Marianist mission, and was successfully integrated into many aspects of campus, from forums at Stander Symposium to a philosophical foundation for student, faculty and staff recruitment.

Commitment to Community (C2C)

Over time, feedback from Student Development and Campus Ministry leadership called for a revision to the 2005 Catholic and Marianist Philosophy of Community Living. The new version, named the Commitment to Community, or C2C, was approved by the President’s Council in May 2010. Key changes in the C2C document include:

Commitment to the Catholic Moral Tradition
The C2C states "behavior, expectations, policies, and relationships at UD are guided by the Catholic moral tradition," while the 2005 version did not clearly state the role the Catholic moral tradition plays at UD – naming it only as the basis for strong community.

Pledge
The Commitment to Community pledge brings awareness to students of their responsibility as members of the University of Dayton community and are used during New Student Orientation and other student leadership formation events.

Structural Changes and Revisions

  • Habits were re-ordered to reflect a more natural developmental learning process.
  • Updated examples reflect current student issues and apply to organizations and individuals.
  • Reflection questions were integrated within the Habits to contextualize student reflection.
  • A shortened introduction and conclusion provided more clarity.
  • Learning outcomes defined what students should demonstrate with an understanding of C2C.