Americans are troubled by the growing incivility they see in public life and in their interpersonal relationships. The lack of civility is an increasing issue on college campuses, reflecting deep societal problems.
"In Search of Civility: Confronting Incivility on the College Campus", explores the timely issue by weaving stories of four college freshmen at a large university with current research on civility issues.
The four students encounter civility dilemmas ranging from cheating, plagiarism, and misuse of technology to alcohol, diversity, and peer pressure. They want to do the right thing, but distinguishing between right and wrong sometimes proves to be difficult particularly when their personal values conflict with campus norms.
"In Search of Civility" provides relevant context for the complex civility challenges facing students, faculty, and administrators. Colleges can play an important role in instilling civility among their students in their academic and social lives. Civil conduct requires treating others the way one wishes to be treated as well as a sense of duty and responsibility to the community.
By raising questions, "In Search of Civility" challenges students to make the connection between the morals and values they claim to hold and the practical implications of those values expressed through acts of civility in every part of their lives.
Weeks draws on a wide range of experiences--as teacher of undergraduate and graduate students at George Peabody College, Vanderbilt University, and as legal advisor to colleges throughout the US.
|Publisher:||Morgan James Publishing|
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About the Author
Kent M. Weeks is an attorney in Nashville, Tennessee. A Fulbright scholar, Weeks earned a law degree from Duke University and Ph.D. in political science from Case Western Reserve University. He has broad experience as an attorney, professor, writer and lecturer--both nationally and internationally. Weeks has written several books, published over 60 articles and papers, and edits Lex Collegii, a legal newsletter for colleges and universities. His writings focus on academic and student issues such as student civility, plagiarism, alcohol and drug use, hook-up culture, and parental rights. He has been recognized for his scholarship and excellence in teaching.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Why Civility? 3
What Is Civility? 5
Why Focus On the College Campus? 7
Who Are The Students Now Entering College? 10
Chapter 2 Civility and the Greek System 13
A History of the Greek System 15
Becoming Greek 16
Compulsive Conformity: Lindsey 17
Pressures Of Pledging: Jacob 19
Hazing: Antonio 22
Alternatives to Greek Life: Sonam 24
Chapter 3 Civility In The Classroom 29
Pressure to Cheat: Antonio 30
Understanding Plagiarism: Jacob 34
Uncivil Professors: Lindsey 40
Uncivil Students: Sonam 44
Chapter 4 College Athletics 51
A Brief History 52
Student Athletes: Antonio 53
The Fans-Love Thy Enemy: Lindsey 58
Abusive Fans: Sonam 61
Postgame Fan Violence: Jacob 65
Chapter 5 Residential Life 69
History of College Dormitories 70
Uncivil Roommates: Lindsey 71
Incivility in the Dorm Room: Antonio 74
Virtual Violence: Jacob 77
Pirates of the Dormitory: Sonam 79
Chapter 6 The Question of Healthy Behaviors 85
Drinking and Substance Abuse: Antonio 86
Image Consciousness: Lindsey 92
Depression And Suicide: Sonam 95
Hook-up Culture: Jacob 98
Chapter 7 Diversity 101
Confronting Stereotypes And Prejudice: Antonio and Sonam 102
Coexisting Peacefully: Jacob 109
Achieving a Diverse Educational Environment: Lindsey 113
Chapter 8 Facing Civility 119
About the Author 123
College Civility Initiatives 127
Civility Resources 136
Local Government Civility Initiatives 139