I guess there's hope now for ACHE past-president Chris Dougherty
Rutgers to launch program promoting politeness
Civility - behaving decently; not pilfering that piece of pizza from the office refrigerator; and controlling the urge to fire off a nasty, unsigned e-mail - is related to ethics, he said.
None of those behaviors is unique to the academic setting, of course. But Forni, who was taught manners by his mother growing up around Venice, Italy, said he has heard from college officials that some students seemed unaware of what was appropriate in their new setting.
"Devices of mass distraction," as he calls them, are a particular source of disruptive behavior: leaving class to take a cell-phone call, surfing the Internet or watching an online show instead of paying attention to an instructor.
"It's not respectful of the teacher," Forni said, "but it's also a way of not learning."
In addition to technology in classrooms, future discussions will focus on civility between the genders, sportsmanship, bullying, respect for the environment, good and bad campus-bus behavior, and multicultural interactions.