Expectations Regarding Behavior in the Classroom

USCS College of Arts and Sciences

Revised October 2001


While the University experience is one which values academic freedom and liberty, it cannot reach its goals of facilitating learning if some structure does not exist. To that end, then, please review the following list of appropriate behaviors and act accordingly.

Students are expected to be on time, find a seat, and be prepared to engage in the work of the class (e.g., taking notes, participating in Socratic questioning or group activities, etc.).

Students are expected to stay in class until the class is dismissed, unless prior arrangements have been made for an early dismissal, e.g. a physicianís appointment.

Students are expected to stay alert throughout the class.

Students are expected to avoid talking with their peers while the professor or other students are speaking.

Students are expected to participate until the end of class.

Unless room temperature, medical necessity, or religious conviction demands clothing that obstructs two-way eye contact, students are expected to be dressed so that two-way eye contact between the student and the professor and among other students can be easily maintained.

Students are expected to use good manners, be courteous and act with decorum toward their peers and anyone who may be in class facilitating the learning process.

Students are encouraged to ask questions at any time. Students are expected to raise their hands in order to participate in discussion or in raising questions.

Students are expected to attend any intensive sections, the Writing Center, Tutoring Lab, or any other session that is required or recommended by the professor.

Work is expected on the date it is due. Exceptions are made only for extraordinary situations and with the approval of the professor.

Students are expected to turn off cell phones, pagers, radios, and other such electronic devices during class.Exceptions are permitted only with the professorís prior consent.