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Self-Governance

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The Commons seeks to move students who participate in the Student Government Association, Fraternity and Sorority Life, Alternative Break Experiences, and student organizations toward the process of self-governance. Self-governance means VCU students are accountable to each other and the wider community for speaking and acting with integrity, reliability, and accountability.

Central to The Commons is our mission to support student development and build community through programs and services. This is highlighted in our values: Respect, Discovery, Responsibility, and Excellence. Through our mission and values, we will promote self-governance throughout our work. 

At its heart, self-governance gives students real responsibility and accountability for their actions, behaviors, and growth.

Self-governance starts with these beliefs:

This philosophy applies to both academics and student life. It is supported both formally and informally by:

Self-governance is not always easy, but it’s an approach that we believe encourages thoughtful actions, deliberate decisions, and real personal growth.

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