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NCDD Endorses NICD Standards of Conduct for Presidential Debates

NCDD is proud to announce that we are officially endorsing the set of standards of conduct for civility during the Presidential debates that our member organization the National Institute for Civil Discourse recently released. We are standing with NICD and other organizations in calling for civility during the debates because we believe that civility demonstrated in these events can be a step toward bridging our divides nationally. We encourage you to read NICD’s announcement about the standards of conduct below and to sign their petition for moderators to adopt them by clicking here.


The National Institute for Civil Discourse Calls on Presidential Debate Moderators to Enforce Civility, Releases Debate Standards for Upcoming Presidential Debatesrevive-civility-logo

We released a set of Debate Standards today that we are asking the presidential debate moderators to adopt in order to ensure that the debates are fair, informative, and civil. More than 60 organizations, including the AARP, have already signed on to the standards, which contain guidelines for moderators, the audience, and the candidates themselves.

In addition to AARP, a wide range of organizations endorsed the standards. Types of organizations include education institutions, such as the Tufts University’s Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service, University of California Berkeley Center on Civility & Democratic Engagement and University of Virginia Center for Politics; forums, such as the City Club of Cleveland and City Club of Portland; and faith organizations, such as that Faith and Politics Institute and Interfaith Alliance. A complete list can be found on NICD’s website at: http://nicd.arizona.edu/standards-conduct-debates.

Join us in asking moderators, debaters and audience members to raise themselves to these standards and agree to use them in your own everyday interactions.

Sign our petition asking the Presidential debate moderators to adopt these standards for the upcoming debates

Revive Civility with us, our democracy depends on it.

Sincerely,
Carolyn J. Lukensmeyer

Standards of Conduct for the Presidential Debates

I want debaters to:

  • Be respectful of others in speech and behavior
  • Answer the question being asked by the moderator
  • Make ideas and feelings known without disrespecting others
  • Take responsibility for past and present behavior, speech and actions
  • Stand against incivility when faced with it

I want moderators to:

  • Address uncivil behavior by naming it and moderating the conversation to move toward a more respectful dialogue
  • Enforce debate rules equally
  • Hold candidates accountable by challenging each candidate to speak the truth and act with integrity
  • Treat all candidates equally in regards tothe complexity of questions and debate rules
  • Be respectful when interacting with candidates

I want audience members to:

  • Be respectful of other audience members, the candidates and moderators in speech and behavior
  • Refrain from creating disturbances to other audience members, candidates and moderators
  • Take responsibility for personal behavior, speech and actions
  • Speak against incivility by reminding candidates it is not acceptable
  • Practice active listening when someone else is speaking, seeking to understand them
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An inclusiveness trainer and group process facilitator, Roshan Bliss serves as NCDD's Youth Engagement Coordinator and Blog Curator. Combining his belief that decisions are better when everyone is involved with his passion for empowering young people, his work focuses on increasing the involvement of youth and students in public conversations.

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