Lincoln College Dean of Academic Affairs, Tina Nutt, said the school's civility initiative is an effort administrators hope to turn over to the students after two years. (Photo by Todd Lowery/WJBC)
By Eric Stock
LINCOLN - Lincoln College students are being asked to mind their manners.
It's part of a new civility initiative at the school's Normal and Lincoln campuses. Dean of Academic Affairs, Tina Nutt, said faculty, staff and students have all reinforced the need.
"During the research, I found out that (disruptive behavior) was having a huge negative impact on student success, everything from disrupting the learning process to negatively impacting the classroom environment," Nutt said.
The civility effort looks to address three main types of disruptive behavior - rudeness, profanity and inappropriate cell phone use.
Nutt said bad manners impedes the entire learning experience.
"We decided let's not limit this to just the classroom because that's really only one piece of the college experience. We needed to try to launch a campus-wide initiative," Nutt said.
Nutt said Lincoln College is modeling its program after one that was done at Rutgers University.
"We hope that we can launch and make it so much a part of the culture that the students will embrace it and take over it and we are signs of that, which is a great sign," Nutt said.
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