Appendix 6 Principles of an Equitable Community Document

The Principles of Our Equitable Community

As demonstrated by the Core Values and The Principles of Our Equitable Community, Lehigh University is committed to the values of Integrity and Honesty, Equitable Community, Academic Freedom, Intellectual Curiosity, Collaboration, Commitment to Excellence, and Leadership. These values are central to our university and are at the heart of what we strive to accomplish. The following Principles of Our Equitable Community document has been endorsed by Lehigh’s Board of Trustees, administration, faculty, staff, students, and alumni association Board of Directors.

THE PRINCIPLES OF OUR EQUITABLE COMMUNITY

Lehigh University is first and foremost an educational institution, committed to developing the future leaders of our changing global society. Every member of our community has a personal responsibility to acknowledge and practice the following basic principles:

We affirm the inherent dignity in all of us, and we maintain an inclusive and equitable community.

We recognize and celebrate the richness contributed to our lives by our diverse community.

We promote mutual understanding among the members of our community.

We confront and reject discrimination in all its forms, including that based on age, color, disability, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, socio-economics, veteran status, or any differences that have been excuses for misunderstanding, dissension, or hatred.

We affirm academic freedom within our community and uphold our commitment to the highest standards of respect, civility, courtesy, and sensitivity toward every individual.

We recognize each person’s right to think and speak as dictated by personal belief and to respectfully disagree with or counter another’s point of view.

We promote open expression of our individuality and our differences within the bounds of University policies.

We acknowledge each person’s obligation to the community of which we have chosen to be a part.

We take pride in building and maintaining a culture that is founded on these principles of unity and respect.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Before the Search Begins
  3. Legal Issues & the Search Process
  4. Initiating the Faculty Search Process
  5. Recruiting Activities During the Search
  6. Managing Campus Visits
  7. Final Selection of a Candidate
  8. Negotiating Contracts / Offers
  9. Evaluating the Search

APPENDIX

  1. Faculty Recruitment & Initial Appointment Checklist
  2. Faculty Employment Request Form
  3. Permission to Advertise Request Form
  4. Reason for Declining Faculty Appointment Offer Form
  5. Workshops to Support the Process
  6. Principles of Our Equitable Community Document
  7. Lehigh University’s Core Values
  8. Board of Trustees Diversity Statement
  9. Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action / Non-Discrimination Policy
  10. Resources for Recruitment: Workshops, Publications, Organizations & Websites
  11. College & University Addresses
  12. Women & Minority Institutional Doctoral Directory
  13. Women & Minority Doctoral Award History
  14. Readings on Diversity, Gender & Faculty Recruitment
  15. Handbook References
  16. Faculty Search Resources
  17. Lehigh University Administrative Offices to Support Faculty Search