Classroom Conduct Expectations

In my classes, students are strictly forbidden from using or creating any content that is obscene, indecent, or profane as defined by the FCC’s broadcast regulations.

As such, students are expected to adhere to the Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics and conduct themselves in a legal manner.

Additionally, students will respect everyone’s opinions and ideas no matter how different from their own. A lack of respect toward classmates will not be tolerated.

Also, students should bring all the required materials and resources to their daily learning. This includes, but is not limited to, writing devices, paper, textbooks, AP Stylebooks, et cetera.

The modern learning environment includes technology, information, and people. Students should demonstrate professionalism and integrity in regard to all components of the learning environment. Given that students and instructors may be from anywhere in the world, learners should consider differences in time zones and cultural norms in all interactions, whether in person or via computer-mediated communication1Ruggiero, T. E. (2000). Uses and Gratifications Theory in the 21st Century. Mass Communication and Society, 3(1), 3-37.

Treating Other Students with Respect

Students should avoid inflammatory or offensive comments—which undermine the objective of a positive learning experience—in communicating with their peers. Most students want to get the most from their online courses, which means that they expect their peers’ cooperation on collaborative assignments and thoughtful participation in discussion forums.

Treating Instructors with Respect

Students can show respect to instructors by reading all announcements in a timely manner, communicating in a timely fashion about problems (technological or other) that will cause work to be turned in late, and following directions.

Respect for All Parties Who Collaborate with the Institution to Create Learning Experiences

Service, observation, and clinical practice are important components of learning. The organizations and employers who cooperate with students to help them succeed do so out of kindness and social responsibility; they are not required to participate in any learning experiences. I value the cooperation of all parties who help students learn and grow by providing observatory and hands-on experience. Students should likewise respect the contributions of such parties.

Respecting Laws Regarding Technology and Information

Students may not use or reproduce any technology or course component for financial purposes or for the purpose of defaming the institution or individuals. Learners should use technology for the sole purpose of learning and sharing course-related information with others in the learning community.


The use of computers or tablets is vital for the successful completion of this course. Students will need to utilize their Internet-connected devices, various online tools, and the provided Learning Management System (LMS) to complete coursework. Failure to do so will result in students not being able to pass the class. Due to how our world currently operates, nearly every course is a technology-focused course. Being comfortable with technology and effectively using it will prove to be vital as a student and in the future within one’s chosen professional field.

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