Choosing Civility is the First-Year Reading Book at Clayton State University

P.M. Forni’s Choosing Civility: The Twenty-five Rules of Considerate Conduct is the First-Year Reading book at Clayton State University! All incoming first-year students are have been reading the book this summer. Choosing Civility will be incorporated into first-year curriculum and programming through the fall semester.

The university’s aim is not only to get students reading before classes begin, or to give them all one book in common with one another once they’re on campus. Clayton State selected Choosing Civility and has developed significant programming, the CSU Civility Project, to ensure students understand, practice, and value Dr. Forni’s rules of considerate conduct, which also reflect the university’s Student Code of Conduct.

The book began to make an impact as students read and talked about their reading on Twitter over the summer:

In addition to practicing civility and respect in the classroom and around campus, Clayton students will discuss the university’s expectations for student conduct, communication skills, personal responsibility, self respect, civility in media, and more in regular discussion workshops and on an open-thread blog: Civility@CSU.

First-Year students are also encouraged to unite with their peers and connect with their community by participating in a service learning project. The First Year Advising & Retention Center facilitates several projects throughout the academic year; students who volunteer have the opportunity “to develop a sense of self, social responsibility and civility” while serving their community.

Choosing Civility is one of Macmillan’s Popular Picks for common reading! Click here to see the other schools that have adopted the book.

Choosing Civility • St. Martin’s Griffin • 208 pages

Update: ‘Three Words of Civility’ Video Contest!

This fall, the First-Year Advising & Retention Center and the Clayton State University Civility Project sponsored a ‘Three Words of Civility’ video contest, open to all enrolled students.


More than a dozen groups of Clayton students got together to promote civility on campus on film. Check out some of the entries on the Clayton State University Freshman Facebook page.

Each video focuses on one of the 25 rules outlined in Choosing Civility, including Rule #2: Acknowledge Others; Rule #13: Keep It Down (and Rediscover Silence); Rule #25: Don’t Shift Responsibility and Blame; and others.

The winner, “What is Kindness” by CSU students Hussain, Mylinh, and Sally, is about kindness on campus and how to “pass it on!” Watch “What is Kindness” here (video and audio will play automatically).