ANS Community Norms

The Department of Animal Science aims to create a culture where every member of the department feels valued, seen, heard, and respected.  The Community Norms set forth expectations of everyone – student, staff, faculty, visitor – to always treat each other with respect and civility.


To promote Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in our community, members of the Department of Animal Science will:

  • Accept that we are all unique and that our uniqueness is an asset for accomplishing our mission to support teaching, learning, research, and outreach at MSU
  • Respect differences and acknowledge our biases
  • Reject all forms of discrimination, harassment, and violence. This includes severe, persistent bullying; rude, inconsiderate behaviors; and micro-aggressions


To ensure that all community members act with respect and civility, we will:

  • Treat each other with respect and courtesy regardless of differences
  • Listen to each other to understand with empathy
  • Tolerate opinions that differ from our own and engage in productive dialogue that includes all
  • Respect each other’s time and schedules; providing full attention during meetings or events


As members of the Department of Animal Science, we will strive to build a more cohesive and connected
community. To accomplish this, we will:

  • Collaborate and recognize we work better together
  • Value and encourage collaborations while acknowledging individual contributions
  • Maintain open lines of communication in our community
  • Make space for everyone’s voice and acknowledging power differentials
  • Not blame, shame, or attack other members of the community

We recognize mistakes can and will happen because every person is in a different space in learning about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). When a mistake is made ACT…Apologize, Correct the mistake, and Try again. When seeking clarification on something said or done, use PALS…Pause, Ask (again), Listen, and then Speak. SpartANS Will.


For information more information on the university and college DEI programs, please visit:

MSU Institutional Diversity and Inclusion

CANR Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion