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, and 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. 

ENGL 1010 and 2330 Class Etiquette, Fall 2015

·        A learning village class can be more like friends and family, more comfortable and casual than other courses but not at the cost of mutual respect, politeness, or professionalism.

·        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. Store phones on silent or vibrate and only use in case of emergency.

·        Laptops and smartphones must be stored before class begins and not used during class; laptops in English 1010 will be used only at designated times.

·        Take notes with pen and paper (in your class notebook or journal etc.) in class and while you are reading on your own. Notes will give you ideas for your blogs and discussion posts. Your notebook/journal must be turned in at the end of the term for 10 points of your final grade.

·        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.

·        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, Fall Semester 2015