MORROW, Ga. -- Clayton State University is requiring all first-year students to take a course in civility.
The idea comes from the First Year Advising and Retention Center at CSU.
"We're home to all first-year students to help them transition from high school to college," said DeLandra Hunter, director of the center.
The purpose of the Civility Talks classes is not only to improve safety and to warn students about issues such as plagiarism, but to combat what some see as a lack of manners and a rise in just plain mean behavior.
As part of the program, all first year students at CSU are required to read Choosing Civility: The Twenty-Five Rules of Considerate Conduct by Dr. P.M. Forni.
It includes advice on dealing with others, such as: consider that you might be wrong; think twice before asking favors; give constructive criticism; refrain from idle complaints; respect others' opinions; accept and give praise.
The college also has a Civility Blog to go along with the classes.