Class Conduct & Academic 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. 

Academic & Classroom Etiquette, Spring 2018 

·         We are having 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 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.

·         Laptops and smartphones must be stored before class begins and not used during class. Store phones on off or silent and only use in case of a real emergency.

·         Take notes with pen and paper in class and (in your class notebook or journal etc.) while you are reading on your own. Notes will give you ideas for your blogs and discussion posts. Your notebook/journal can be checked at random by the instructor for a pass-fail credit.

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

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

·         Guests in class must be approved in advance.

·         Respect diversity of perspectives and frankness in conversation – with each other, the professor, and the assigned authors and texts.

·         Practice academic honesty and integrity – see university plagiarism policy. Your future colleagues will know you—not by your college GPA—but by your attitude and gratitude, your honesty and character.

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. Blogs are easy to succeed, with adequate preparation.

Our textbooks and class lectures/discussions provide everything you need to write a good blog. Internet research may be used for personal edification, but certain sites should be avoided. Never use public sites like Amazon book reviews, Goodreads, or academic “cheat” sites to “get ideas” for your blogs. It is never okay to copy and paste information from the internet without correct, robust attribution including quote marks, internal attribution, and a complete bibliographic citation. Be responsible. Be honest. —Mr. Andrew William Smith, Spring Semester 2018