Equal Opportunity, Respect, Community

Our guiding principles of equal opportunity, respect for others and diversity and community are key elements of Rights, Rules, Responsibilities, an overview of the policies that govern the University. 

Equal opportunity

Princeton is committed to the principles of fairness and respect for all. Our Equal Opportunity Policy protects all students, employees and applicants by requiring that selection decisions for admission to academic programs or employment be based on individual merit rather than stereotypes and bias. All admissions and employment-related decisions are made in accordance with the University's commitment to nondiscrimination. 

At the same time, Princeton has specific legal obligations as a recipient of federal financial assistance and as a state and federal contractor. These obligations include the development and implementation of a plan to undertake appropriate forms of affirmative action to employ women, people of color, people with disabilities and veterans as another means to ensure equality of opportunity.

Equal opportunity and affirmative action work in tandem with diversity initiatives to achieve the University's goal of creating and maintaining a campus climate of equity and respect that values the rich and unique perspectives, backgrounds and talents of each member of our community. We all share a collective responsibility to foster an inclusive climate and, in doing so, enrich our campus community. 

Respect for others

All of Princeton's rules for University-wide conduct rest on the basis of respect for others. In order to have an open intellectual and residential community in which all members can participate equally, each member must be tolerant of others' personal characteristics and beliefs. Additionally, the environment must be free of hostile and harassing behavior. Respect for others is a condition of employment and enrollment at Princeton, and University disciplinary sanctions may be imposed if these standards for behavior are not met. Read the University's Statement on Respect for Others (Rights, Rules, Responsibilities, section 1.2.1).

Diversity & community

Princeton actively seeks students, faculty and staff members of exceptional ability and promise who share in the University's commitment to excellence in teaching and scholarship, and who present a diversity of viewpoints and cultures. As a community, we respect the dignity and individuality of each member while trying to foster a sense of shared experience and common purpose. Although we acknowledge the difficulties inherent in creating a community of individuals who are different from each other, we remain unwavering in our commitment to both diversity and community and take full educational advantage of the variety of talents, backgrounds and perspectives of every person who lives and works here. Read the University's Statement on Diversity and Community (Rights, Rules, Responsibilities, section 1.1.3).