A university, like organizations and communities, are comprised of individuals representing different cultural and religious backgrounds. In defining the rules of conduct for individuals functioning together, it is necessary to formally define those rules to ensure that all are aware of the common values that should be adhered to and the consequences of non-adherence.
For students attending the University of Phoenix, there is the expectation that each will be familiar with the universities policies set forth in the Program Handbook. The university clearly states that "Students are expected to conduct themselves ethically, honestly, and with integrity".
One of the most important principles for an educational environment is fostering an atmosphere that is conducive to learning. This involves demonstrating respect and tolerance for others by. In discussions with the faculty and other students, ideas and concepts will be exchanged and there may be philosophical or theological disagreements. Disagreements alone do not constitute a problem but one must be sensitive in responding to disagreements in such a manner as to present an opposing view while showing respect for another's perspective.
Respect can mean different things to different people. In the context of a virtual educational environment, respect can be demonstrated by allowing others to voice opinions without attacking those opinions. It is possible to voice alternative views without attempting to undermine the other's position. Respect is also demonstrated by responding to and encouraging alternate views and refraining from any personal disparaging remarks towards any person or groups.
An example of this could involve a discussion of a highly controversial subject such as abortion. Discussions were personal views tend to have religious and emotional root can quickly evolve into something unpleasant. During such...