Appropriate Academic Behavior
In order to create the most effective classroom environment possible to support learning, faculty and administration expect the following behaviors from students:
- Academic Participation. Students should express their views in classroom discussions in an appropriate manner. Students should also listen respectfully to others expressing their opinions and ideas. The exchange of ideas in a noncombative, non-abusive, and orderly manner is essential for learning and fundamental to academic freedom.
- Academic Environment. Students should not disrupt the learning environment through any inappropriate behavior. It is the responsibility of the instructor to ensure that the appropriate learning environment exists in the class and remove any student who disrupts the climate and interferes with other students’ right to learn.
- Academic Courtesy. Students should be in class for the complete class session. Entering a classroom late or leaving early is disruptive to the instructor and other students. If rare instances make students late for class, they should enter quietly, be seated as close to the door as possible, and draw as little attention as possible. Students should never leave early without the instructor’s permission. Students should see the instructor after class to explain their lateness; the instructor may have already taken attendance.
- Academic Responsibility. Students bear the responsibility for knowing what was covered in a missed class. They should inform an instructor before being absent from a class, if possible. Students have the responsibility to find out in advance, if possible, the assignments and activities for the missed class. Students are responsible for arranging any make up work and completing assignments due at the next class period. Students should not expect to be able to make up all work missed, especially unannounced quizzes or tests. Students are responsible for knowing what was covered in the missed class and getting notes from other classmates. It is not the responsibility of the instructor to reteach what was missed. An individual instructor’s policies may be more lenient than the above, but it is still a student responsibility to learn what was missed. Students should understand that faculty are in the classroom to aid them in learning, but that faculty also have the responsibility of certifying that students have met the required outcomes of the course. Ultimately, students are responsible for their own learning.
- Academic Focus. Students must focus on class activities while in class. They must not work on non-related activities or sleep. If internet use is a part of the class, students should use it only for class prescribed activities.
- Academic Exchange. Students need to be prepared for a class to learn effectively. There cannot be an effective exchange between an instructor and students without this preparation. Being prepared means reading any assigned work for the class and noting questions or reactions to the reading, preparing any requested written work, or preparing questions to ask in the class. Students always have homework in a class even if nothing is specifically assigned. At the least, students should review previous class notes to check their understanding and be prepared to ask clarifying questions during the next class session.