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Student Professionalism

In today’s competitive job market, it becomes imperative that employees are able to differentiate themselves not only from their technical aptitude and ability but also in their behavior while on the job.  Professionalism requires that a person does his/her job with sincerity, earnestly and with honesty.  In addition, a person must at all times maintain professional etiquette and ethics in the workplace. 

You are expected to treat your classmates with respect.  It is acceptable to attack ideas but never the person who expresses those ideas. We do not have to agree – however, we must treat one another with common courtesy and respect.  This means active listening and taking each other’s ideas seriously.  Keep in mind that we can learn a lot by listening to our colleagues.

Classroom Deportment and Distraction:
  • During class discussion and lectures, you should sit up and take notes.  Most importantly - PARTICIPATE!!!!
  • All electronic devices will be turned off BEFORE entering the classroom.  If you need to have access to your cell phone for work, or another emergency purpose, you must set the device to silent or vibrate AND notify the instructor prior to the start of class.  If a student is observed misusing an electronic device in the classroom, the student will be will be given an unexcused absence for that class period. Absences from electronic device misuse will count towards the attendance allotment as well as points subtracted from a student’s professionalism grade.
  • Surfing the web, actively engaging in social media (i.e., Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc), Instant Messaging or sending text messages during lecture time or during assignments is prohibited (unless authorized for a class assignment).  If you are caught then you will be given an unexcused absence.
  • Eating, sleeping, reading outside material, and working on class assignments other than assignments for class should be done outside of class.
  • Lectures and Class discussions may not be recorded without prior permission from the Instrustor.  
  • Absolutely NO inappropriate materials may be accessed during the class period on Methodist University computers or your own laptop or electronic device unless authorized by the instructor as part of a class assignment.  Examples of inappropriate content includes, but is not limited to:
    • Material that violates the MU Honor Code (this will result in expulsion from class and referral to the MU Honor Board. This also could result in failure of the course depending on the site accessed and severity of the disruption)
    • Social Media Sites such as Facebook, Twitter, etc.
    • Personal or MU e-mail accounts
    • Any material via electronic device that is deemed disruptive to classroom learning.
    • Violations of the class conduct policy at a minimum WILL result in the student’s removal from the class.  The removal will count as absence.  If evidence of violation is discovered at a future date, then at a minimum, an absence will be counted against your grade and more severe sanctions may follow.
    • **Methodist University Computer Use Policy, Honor Code, Course Policy, Justice Studies Cyber Lab Policy, as well as any other appropriate MU Policies apply.
Students are responsible for all knowledge imparted through the assigned readings as well as that developed in class through discussion or classroom exercises.  Fulfilling that responsibility will be demonstrated through classroom participation and performance on the assignments and examinations.

Students are expected to adhere to the Methodist University Honor Code in all your academic endeavors.  The Honor Code policy in the Student Handbook will be followed.  All work submitted to instructor must be in compliance with the rules of the Honor Code and “pledged” as an indication of its conformity to the rules of the Honor Code.  Violations of the code may be reported by any member of the Methodist University community.

Plagiarism and cheating
In academic work, theft, and academic misrepresentation (lying) are offenses that fall under the jurisdiction of the Methodist University Honor Code.  Students who are caught cheating, lying and/or plagiarizing will receive an automatic "F" in the course and will be referred to the Honor Board.  Please make sure you review both the course policies and the Honor Code listed in your Student Handbook.  **Methodist University Computer Use Policy, Honor Code, Course Policy, Justice Studies Cyber Lab Policy, as well as any other appropriate MU Policies apply.  

How To Show Professionalism and Succeed:
  • Read the assigned textbook chapters before the lecture. Lectures are intended to clarify and reinforce the material presented in the textbook. If you do not read the assigned material prior to class (or at all), you will find the courses unnecessarily difficult.
  • Show up! Attendance is critical. Statistical knowledge is cumulative. It is unwise to miss class. I will not spend time in class or during my office hours covering material missed due to absences.
  • Do the required homework.
  • Ask questions. I cannot stress this enough. If you do not understand something, chances are excellent that you are not alone. No matter how small the question, ask it! I am here to help you understand the material; by asking question you are helping yourself and your classmates.
  • Help each other. Get together to work on homework and study for the exams. Help one another as you work on exercises in class. Remember, though, that you are not permitted to work together on the homework assignments.
  • Adhere to commitments and deadlines.  Live up to deadlines and commitments every time.  Missing deadlines and making excuses shows a lack of integrity and trust.
  • Treat everyone with respect.  That means everyone from the professor to your peers and administrative staff.  Respect and communication gives all students a feeling of safety.
  • Value the time and effort spent by others.  When you are absent or tardy, it affects others learning as well as costing you money.
  • Admit your mistakes.  We all make mistakes.  Admitting mistakes shows that you are not only human, but also professional.  People can be very understanding when you admit to have made an error.
  • Take a leadership role whenever possible.  Show that you are willing to accept responsibility and produce results.
  • Keep personal issues at home.  Refrain from discussing personal issues in class.  This helps to keep the classroom free from empathy-related biases about productivity.
  • Demonstrate the core values of professionalism. This means appropriate attire, etiquette, punctuality, organization, and dedication to complete your classwork.
  • Project a positive appearance.  It has long been recognized that those who dress professionally and project a positive attitude will be have in the same manner.
  • Refrain from using mobile devices in class.  See mobile device policy for more information.