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Code of Classroom Conduct
A-B Tech is an institution for adult learning. It is a partnership between instructors with the desire to teach and students with the desire to learn. In order to create an appropriate environment for teaching and learning, there must be respect for the instructor and fellow students. Listed below are guidelines for classroom behavior, which the College has established to ensure that the learning environment is not compromised.
- Absences. Inform the instructor in advance if you know you are going to miss class. Also, take responsibility for getting missed assignments from other students. Do not expect that you will be allowed to make up work, such as unannounced quizzes or tests, after an absence. Instructors are not responsible for re-teaching the material you missed because of absence.
- Attendance. You are expected to be in class the entire class time. Do not enter late or leave early. Rare exceptions may be excused, particularly under emergency circumstances, but you should be prepared to explain your tardiness to the instructor after class. Likewise, the need to leave early should be explained to the instructor before class.
- Classroom Behavior. You are expected to conduct yourself in a professional and respectful manner with your fellow classmates and instructors while engaging in all classroom activities and discussions. All students shall be allowed to freely participate in classroom discourse and shall be allowed to express their viewpoints and ideas as long as those viewpoints and ideas are reasonably related to the topic or assignment being discussed. As a participant in an open and free learning environment, students are free and are encouraged to disagree and challenge others’ viewpoints and ideas; however, students shall behave in a professional and respectful manner in class by: a) being recognized by the instructor prior to speaking; b) not interrupting other students or instructors when they are speaking; c) listening to students and instructors while they are speaking; and d) speaking in a normal, calm voice when addressing students and instructors.
- Cell phones and beepers. You may not receive or send telephone calls, text messages, or pages during class. You are responsible for turning off cell phones, beepers, and other personal communications devices upon entering class.
- Conversation. Do not carry on side conversations in class.
- Food, Drink, and Tobacco. You may not have food or drink in class. You may not use tobacco of any form on campus.
- Guests. You may not bring unregistered friends or children to class.
- Internet. In classes where internet access is provided, you may use the internet for valid, academic purposes only. You may not use it for open access to other non-academic sites, which are unrelated to the course.
- Other Activities. You may not work on other activities while in class. This includes homework for other courses or other personal activities.
- Personal Business. You may need to transact personal business with the instructor, asking him or her to sign forms. Plan to do this before instruction begins or after class.
- Sleep. Do not sleep in class.
- Personal Protective Equipment. You must properly wear personal protective equipment at all times in any area of the College in which it is required.
- Perfumes. You should avoid wearing strong perfumes of any kind as other students may be allergic to them.
Typically, violations of the Code of Classroom Conduct will be dealt with as minor infractions. However, repetition of minor infractions or other more serious violations of the Code of Student Conduct may lead to removal from the classroom while the matter is resolved and referral to the Vice President for Student Services for disciplinary action.