Bryant believes that the most successful institutions of higher education work hard at building community. This effort is guided by several principles that shape our shared experiences. The fostering of these principles helps our University prepare its students to achieve their personal best in life and their chosen professions. To enter Bryant University is to become a member of a community, which is both a privilege and an opportunity. Participation in and support of this community is a responsibility shared by all. The search for community represents a process and a journey dedicated to helping students succeed. These guiding principles* are as follows:
- Bryant University is an educationally purposeful community – a place where faculty, staff, and students work together to strengthen teaching and learning on campus.
- The campus is a place where high standards of civility are set and violations are challenged. Bryant University is a community whose members speak and listen carefully to each other.
- Bryant University is a place where the sacredness of each person is honored and where diversity is aggressively pursued.
- Bryant University clearly states both its academic and social expectations. All must accept their obligations as citizens of the Bryant community and expect to be held accountable for behavior as individuals and members of groups.
- The University is a caring community where the well-being of each member is supported and where service to others is encouraged.
- Bryant finds opportunities to affirm both tradition and change. Orientation, Homecoming, Commencement, and other activities are examples of celebratory activities. Good traditions must be preserved, new ones established, and others must sometimes end.
*Principles outlined in Ernest Boyer’s book Campus Life: In Search of Community form the basis for the Bryant Pledge. These principles represent the shared commitments of students, staff, and faculty toward a successful learning experience.