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Sample Syllabus Statement

In order for learning to take place, students must feel safe; this safety is due all students, not only those who share your values and beliefs. For this reason, courtesy, thoughtfulness, and acceptance are essential in our discussions in and out of the classroom. Acceptance should not be confused with agreement; one need not agree with a person to listen, and one must listen well in order to disagree respectfully. Every student in this course has a voice and so deserves the courtesy of attentive listening and the freedom to express diverse ideas.

Student Code of Conduct (WAC-132Q-02-040)

“Misconduct for which the campuses may impose sanctions and/or disciplinary action includes, but is not limited to…Intentional physical or verbal abuse, threats, intimidation, harassment, coercion and/or other conduct, including disorderly, lewd or indecent behavior directed at another person which has the purpose or effect of creating a hostile, intimidating or disruptive learning or working environment at any campus-sponsored or campus supervised function.”

Revised Code of Washington

The legislature hereby finds and declares that practices of discrimination against any of its inhabitants because of race, creed, color, national origin, families with children, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, age, or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a disabled person are a matter of state concern, that such discrimination threatens not only the rights and proper privileges of its inhabitants but menaces the institutions and foundation of a free democratic state.

National Education Association Resolution

C-28. Student Sexual Orientation
The National Education Association believes that all persons, regardless of sexual orientation, should be afforded equal opportunity within the public education system. The Association also believes that, for students who are struggling with their sexual/gender orientation, every …educational institution should provide counseling services and programs that deal with high suicide and dropout rates and the high incidence of teen prostitution. These services and programs shall be staffed by trained personnel.