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Community Standard

Shoreline Community College's Community Standard Statement is a strong affirmation that the campus is a place where all people can come to learn and work in a supportive environment:

Community Standard Statement

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly…

—Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Shoreline Community College is a place for students, employees, and the community to pursue excellence in education in an environment dedicated to equity, inclusiveness, and self-reflection. We value respectful, dynamic interactions and lively discussion. We strive to create an environment where everyone is supported and valued. Shoreline Community College does not tolerate hateful, violent, or discriminatory actions that target any person or group based on their beliefs, customs, identity, or affiliations. When one of us is diminished, all of us are diminished.

How it was created

The community standard evolved through discussions among students, faculty and staff of the College. Out of those discussions, a committee was formed to create and implement a community standard.

To quote Shoreline's president Cheryl Roberts, “The committee included voices from across campus and reflected thoughtful and diligent work and commitment,” Roberts said. “This was an iterative process in shaping the statement that involved the college community through forums, department and division meetings and an online survey.”

When the committee was formed, President Roberts asked members to work in four areas:

  • Develop a Community Standard Statement
  • Establish a Community Standard Policy
  • Develop a college-wide respectful and inclusive community campaign
  • Develop a protocol to respond to acts of hate and intolerance

Creating a healthy learning environment

As explained by the president, “It is our core value that everyone who comes to this campus feels respected and supported. This happens when we are open to learning and willing to walk with others on their journey.”

The Community Standard Statement, together with Shoreline's compliance with Title IX, support the campus community in creating an environment that reflects excellence in education, equity, inclusiveness and self-reflection.