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The University Council is based on the core values of shared governance at Virginia State University.

Shared governance is at the heart of any great university in that it reflects a general commitment on the part of faculty, staff, students, and the administration to work together to strengthen and enhance the university.  Shared governance both reflects and enhances mutual respect and trust in the university community for the contributions that all its members bring to the educational enterprise. Indeed, the variety and complexity of tasks involved in shared governance produce an inescapable interdependence among the Board of Visitors, the administration, faculty, staff, and students.  Moreover, their relationship necessitates ongoing communication, as well as full opportunity for appropriate joint planning, evaluation, and decision-making.  The core values of shared governance, as supported by every item of the University Council Constitution, are: 

     1. Informed and inclusive decision-making

     2. Transparency and clarity of operations and decision making

     3. Open lines of communication between and among all components and members of the VSU community 

     4. Accountability 

     5. Mutual respect and trust

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