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Caltech Statement of Community

The Caltech Statement of Community is intended to articulate the values and standards that are important to the success and health of our campus. It was developed with input and feedback from the campus community, and as a “living” document, it will continue to develop and grow as our community does the same.

Caltech is a community dedicated to scientific and engineering exploration, and to academic excellence. At the heart of our mission is unwavering dedication to honor, integrity, equity, and diversity. Together these values help create and sustain a community where all are committed to the goals of academic and personal achievement. 

  • We affirm that academic excellence is built on bringing together the best faculty, students, scholars, and staff.
  • We acknowledge that a multitude of perspectives is essential to all we do. As a community, we understand that civility and mutual respect for diversity of background, race, ethnicity, sex, gender, gender identity, socioeconomic status, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, and marital and family status, are critical.
  • We are dedicated to creating and sustaining an environment in which such diversity will flourish.
  • We are committed to honor and integrity in all areas of work and campus life. Guided by these principles and the Institute’s Honor Code, members of our community are expected to treat one another with respect and dignity.
  • We hold ourselves to the very highest standards of intellectual and academic rigor. The freedom of open expression is essential to the exchange of ideas and furtherance of knowledge; we expect at all times that such exchanges occur in a manner that conforms to academic integrity and professionalism.

All who work, live, study, and teach at Caltech are here by choice; implicit is a respect for these principles, which are an integral part of our mission.

Nondiscrimination and Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Caltech is committed to equal opportunity for all persons without regard to sex, race, creed, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, pregnancy, gender, gender expression, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as disabled veteran or other eligible veteran, for otherwise qualified individuals with a disability or any other condition protected by the state and federal law. It is the policy of Caltech to provide a work and academic environment free of discrimination as required by federal and state law, including Title IX, which prohibits discrimination based on sex in Caltech’s educational programs and activities. Caltech will take all reasonable steps to eliminate discrimination, harassment, and sexual violence in its work and academic environment. Inquiries concerning the application of Title IX may be referred to Caltech’s Title IX coordinator, who can be reached at