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The Community at Northwestern University in Qatar

One goal of a university education is to help you develop as a unique individual—to be educated as a whole person, intellectually, emotionally, socially, ethically and spiritually. Your development as an individual occurs in part, when you engage in relationships with others and in activities that optimally challenge you. To enhance your growth, become actively involved in the life of the NU-Q community. Engage your fellow students, faculty, staff, and NU-Q various communities of interests and form relationships that both challenge and support your growth.

Your journey of individual development does not occur in isolation; it takes place within a dynamic learning community. NU-Q attempts to balance its needs – to foster freedom for individual growth, to support its various communities of interests, and to fulfill its broader teaching, research and creative mission. What principles should guide our mutual efforts to meet the diverse needs within our learning community? A group of Northwestern students presented these statements, as a work in progress for further discussion and study and for your thoughtful consideration as a member of the Northwestern community.

Statement of Community Principles and Values

A university is an educationally purposeful community, a place where faculty and students share academic goals and work together to strengthen teaching and learning on campus.

A university is an open community, a place where civility is powerfully affirmed and where freedom of expression is uncompromisingly protected

A university is a just community; a place where the sanctity of the person is honored and where diversity is aggressively pursued.

A university is a disciplined community, a place where individuals accept their obligations to others and where well- defined governance procedure/ guide behavior for the common good.

A university is a caring community, a place where the well-being of each member is sensitively supported and where service to others is encouraged.

A university is a celebrative community, one in which the heritage of the institution is remembered and where rituals affirming both tradition and change are widely shared.

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