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. Dr. 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. Out of those discussions, a committee was formed in 2015 to create and implement a Community Standard. President Cheryl Roberts asked committee members to: develop a Community Standard Statement; establish a Community Standard Policy; develop a college-wide respectful and inclusive community campaign; and develop a protocol to respond to acts of hate and intolerance.

Creating a healthy learning environment

As explained by President Roberts, “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, non-discrimination policy, and equal employment opportunity law, support the campus community in creating an environment that reflects excellence in education, equity, inclusiveness, and self-reflection.

Addressing bias incidents

A bias incident is conduct, speech, or behavior motivated by prejudice or bias that does not rise to the level of a crime, including but not limited to, an individual interaction or anonymous expression (such as a flyer/poster, graffiti, or defacing of property) that is suspected to be motivated by bias. The College will respond promptly and appropriately to mitigate the impact of any such incident on the campus community.

Learn how to report a bias incident