Class Conduct & Etiquette

In our classroom, we expect a meaningful, mature climate of mutual respect where we learn and communicate together as a community. 

I intend to treat my students as adults in a professional, pleasant environment, & I expect nothing less in return. While we encourage lively discussion of sometimes controversial topics, I will not tolerate aggressive or disrespectful remarks in the classroom. 

Class Etiquette Spring 2016

·        I hope that all of my classes will be more like friends & family, more comfortable casual than other courses but not at the cost of mutual respect, politeness, or professionalism.

·        We are having a common conversation. Comments are for everyone. Participate in the whole community. Reserve private conversations for before or after class.

·        Come to class prepared. Bring appropriate materials & textbooks to class. If using an e-reader, the instructor may ask to verify that you are actually using the assigned text at the assigned time.

·        Interact with each other, the professor, and the texts – not devices. Store phones on silent or vibrate & only use in case of emergency.

·        Laptops & smartphones must be stored before class begins & not used during class; laptops in writing courses will be used only at designated times.

·        Take notes with pen & paper (in your class notebook or journal etc.) in class & while you are reading on your own. Notes will give you ideas for your blogs/papers & discussion posts. 

·        Films are texts & should be watched quietly &  attentively. Taking notes during films is encouraged; talking or checking devices is prohibited.  

·        Early departures from class are disruptive & strongly discouraged & may result in a marked absence. 

·        It is disrespectful to do homework from other classes during your English class. 

·        Guests in class must be approved in advance.

·        Practice academic honesty and integrity – see university plagiarism policy.

Abide by the ‘four agreements’:

1.      Be Impeccable With Your Word.
2. Don't Take Anything Personally.
3. Don't Make Assumptions.
4. Always Do Your Best. —don Miguel Ruiz

Failure to abide by class etiquette may result in point penalties from your course grade – or other disciplinary action – at the instructor’s discretion.


Academic honesty and integrity are university policy.

Please do your own written work this term in your own voice.

The people you encounter in life will never know your GPA,

but they will be able to discern your character.

—Mr. Andrew William Smith, Spring Semester 2016