In carrying out the curriculum of Mind and the World,
we are also creating a community within which we can share our intellectual
and personal understandings. This community forms the context for conversation
among us. Conversing well means that we have to be conscious and self-reflective
about how we speak and act, how we use our time, and how we do our work
individually and collectively. That is, we cannot assume that community
will happen to us naturally; rather, we have to choose the principles
by which we will live and the activities we will support.
For us community entails sustaining disagreement, differences,
and diversity in a spirit of equality; it does not mean agreement and
uniformity. In order for us to successfully build our understandings
within our community, each one of us must agree to the following principles
To create and participate in a community capable of sustaining
intense, but respectful, interaction and discourse we must:
- strive to be aware of how our actions affect others
and be honest with others about how their actions affect us;
- read and act in accordance with the Evergreen Social
Contract, the Student Conduct Code and the Sexual Harassment Policy;
- give all people opportunity and encouragement to
- maintain a reflective and respectful approach to
the study of our own and others' experiences and knowledge.
To be engaged in our individual and community work means
generating and sharing personal interpretations and understandings such
that we make the material and ideas our own. Doing so requires, at a
minimum, fulfilling our responsibilities to:
- attend class and keep appointments punctually (five
minutes after the scheduled beginning of class doors will be closed
and students will have wait for a break before entering class);
- prepare assignments and evaluations promptly;
- notify the group of intended absences and schedule
- attend and be actively involved in all program sessions
unless prevented by sickness or outside responsibilities.
Responsibilities of Students:
- attend all all-program events, seminars, and workshops
except when illness or other serious circumstances prevent attendance
(Student’s need to notify faculty on the day they miss class
by phone or e-mail to receive an excused absence. Two unexplained
absences are permitted each quarter. Further unexplained or extended
explained absences will result in loss of credit.);
- do all required assignments, including maintaining
a journal, essays, workshop homework, postings, responses to peers'
drafts of essays, readings, and other occasional tasks in full and
on time; (If assignments are incomplete and/or not turned in on the
due date loss of credit may occur. To earn full credit students must
participate in discussion of complete drafts of all their writing
- maintain a portfolio of your work and evaluations;
- write a self-evaluation and faculty evaluation,
a final transcript evaluation, and participate in an evaluation conference
- as is consonant with Evergreen's mediation process,
take up any grievance about a member of the teaching team with that
person first and only then, if the results are unsatisfactory, ask
for consultation with the faculty team.
Responsibilities of Faculty:
- during the fifth week of each quarter notify students
who as of mid-quarter will not receive full credit for that quarter;
- give prompt and carefully considered responses to
- make time available for individual conferences with
- handle all disputes in a spirit of respect and goodwill;
- refrain from talking with students about students'
problems with other faculty members, except with the permission of
the other faculty involved or in joint consultation with said faculty--and
then only after the students themselves have talked about the problems
with the faculty member in question;
- conduct their interactions with each other collaboratively
and professionally, and actively participate in faculty seminars
and business and planning meetings.
In an academic community sharing, and taking responsibility
for our own ideas is vital. At the same time, acknowledging our use of
other people's ideas is equally important. The work we submit must reflect
our own ideas. When we are incorporating the views of others, be those
published authors or our seminar mates, we must acknowledge our sources.
Since much of the work in this program will be collaborative and the
ensuing ideas will reflect the contributions of more than one person,
we must get into the habit of acknowledging the people and ideas that
have influenced us. There will be many times when we will be asked to
take individual positions--in essays, research projects, and seminar
discussions--and we must assert our own distinctive interpretations and
judgments. The final work we do must reflect our own judgment and analysis
while also recognizing the contributions of people who have influenced
Failure to make such acknowledgments or to present the work of others
as our own is plagiarism. Any student who plagiarizes material will be
asked to leave the program and may be required to leave the college.
Because college policy makes the consequences of plagiarism so severe,
ask your faculty members if you have any questions.
Academic and personal conflicts are common and to be
expected in academic communities. The Social Contract lays out expectations
about how we all should deal with such conflicts:
Evergreen can thrive only if members respect the
rights of others while enjoying their own rights. … All [members
of the community] must share alike in prizing academic and interpersonal
honesty, in responsibly obtaining and in providing full and accurate
information, and in resolving their differences through due process
and with a strong will to collaboration. (The Social Contract--WAC
We expect all members of the program to abide by these
principles of honest and face-to-face resolution of conflicts. In the
event you do not feel successful in resolving a conflict, bring your
concerns to the attention of your seminar leader or to the faculty team.
Any conflicts that cannot be resolved by your own efforts, those of your
seminar leader, or the faculty team, will be referred to our program
dean or other mutually agreed upon mediator.
Any disputes about credit or the content of an evaluation must first
be addressed to the faculty member who wrote the evaluation. If a student
is not satisfied by a discussion with the faculty member involved; the
issue will be brought before the faculty team. The program faculty will
make final decisions about credit and evaluations.
Faculty will award each student 16 credits per quarter
for doing college-level work ,
for attendance and punctuality at all program events, and for completing
all assignments on time. Faculty may award less than sixteen
credits for work which fails to meet these criteria.
After you have read these pages, please sign
and detach this note to indicate your agreement with the covenant. Pass
this along to the Faculty.