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.
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.