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How Student Affairs Supports Students' Ethical & Civic Responsibility

The Division of Student Affairs encourages independent civic responsibility and helps students develop into responsible citizens who will support civility, mutual respect and diversity locally, nationally, and internationally.

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  • In 2004, The Center for Student Rights and Responsibilities provided educational seminars to promote academic integrity.
  • In 2004, Greek Life developed the first “Fraternity and Sorority Chapter Standards of Excellence” to reward Greek organizations who exemplify high standards and provide a detailed plan of recommended minimum standards.
  • Between 2000-2010, SDSU’s Greek community raised more than $300,000 for philanthropic causes.
  • In 2005, the Residential Education Office developed the first Week of Caring annual event. Week of Caring is a nationally recognized program that SDSU residence halls sponsor during the week of Valentine’s Day. The purpose is to emphasize compassion over romance, and a worthwhile philanthropic organization is chosen each year to be the beneficiary of funds and volunteer efforts.
  • In 2005, the Successful Community Living Program was developed by Counseling & Psychological Services and Student Rights and Responsibilities. A “civility workshop,” it was created for students who have been mandated for assessment and intervention.
  • In 2006, a Citizenship Development Workshop was added to New Student Orientation to help students understand the importance of following SDSU’s Code of Conduct. Greek students had 51 percent fewer Code of Conduct violations from 2008-2009 academic year to 2009-2010 academic year.
  • In 2008, the first annual Community Service Gala was held.
  • In 2008, a “Student Honor Affirmation” was developed for distribution and signing by each student at Orientation. Each student was provided with the information necessary to become a good citizen at SDSU.

Did You Know?

In 2011, SDSU celebrated its 50th anniversary of partnership with the Peace Corps at Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center. The event included a panel of 5 SDSU alumni Returned Volunteers, with 250 campus and community guests.

SDSU ranks among the top CSU schools for recruiting Peace Corps volunteers. The Peace Corps has an active recruiting office within SDSU Career Services.

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