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Student Civility Policy

A University is a community of scholars. We learn from one another. For a community to survive and function properly its members must treat one another with a modicum of mutual respect. Optimally, respect includes simple, human courtesy. 

University education is an opportunity, not a commodity. This opportunity should be fully exploited by everyone involved. Academic courtesy must be observed by all participants in a class. Faculty are participants in mutually beneficial learning activities together with students, assistants, and tutors.

Etiquette in an academic setting is not merely intrinsically valued, nor are its customs established solely for the sake of a conventional sense of propriety. Classroom courtesy is essential to create an atmosphere in which quality teaching, effective learning, and the creative advancement of a discipline can take place.

Civility Guidelines


  • All classroom participants should behave toward one another with appropriate respect.
  • Alert, active participation is expected from all participants. Learning is not a passive enterprise. Attention should be focused exclusively on class material. Advance preparation by all participants is presumed.
  • Courteous attention is expected when colleagues are asking questions or making comments.
  • Participants should arrive on time and remain for the entire class period. In cases of unavoidable absence, faculty and students should notify each other in advance.
  • No conversations or activities unrelated to organized class discussions should be conducted.
  • Only electronic devices approved by the instructor (such as calculators and lap top computers) or devices required for multi-media presentations should be used during classes.
  • No recording devices should be used without advance permission.
  • Fairness must apply to all participants; no single individual should expect exceptional treatment in terms of adherence to due dates, class attendance, grading, or university rules.