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updated: 4/7/2013 7:42 AM

Lincoln College dean makes request: Be nice, please

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LINCOLN, Ill. -- Tina Nutt has a request for the students at Lincoln College in central Illinois: Be nice. Please.

Nutt is the dean of academic affairs at the school. She tells WJBC radio in Bloomington that the college has started a civility initiative aimed at cutting down on bad manners. Lincoln College is located in Lincoln, about 35 miles southwest of Bloomington.

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Nutt says she's found that rudeness, profanity and what she calls inappropriate use of cellphones have a big affect on students' academic success.

She says the initiative is intended to improve behavior beyond just the classroom.

The program is modeled on something similar at Rutgers University.

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