Starting Set of Class Etiquette Rules

Ranked by tallies taken during class activity: (number of people choosing as most relevant) - (number of people choosing as least relevant)

Rank (score) Guideline
1 (35): Talking to classmates during a presentation disrupts the normal learning environment. If you desire to engage in such behavior, the instructor can and may ask you leave the room.
2 (32): Be patient and courteous to other students when they ask a question or make a statement, even when the subject may be obvious to you.
3 (24): Do not start packing up your notes or other materials until class is completely over.
4 (15): If you have to leave early, please sit near the exit so that your departure does not disturb the class.
5 (11): If you arrive late to class, please sit down quietly near the entrance where you entered the room. If the class splits into groups then you will have the opportunity to move to your correct location at that time.
6 (3): During the presentations, reading of materials, e.g. The Collegiate Times, Roanoke Times, Sports Illustrated, textbooks from other courses, etc., other than those appropriate for this course should not occur.
7 (-8): When arriving late, wait for a break in the lecture or discussion to enter the room.
8 (-12): Hats and sunglasses should not be worn in the classroom, particularly during examinations.
9 (-13): Inform the instructor when you may have to arrive late or leave early, preferably in advance.
10 (-24): Do not consume food in the classroom.

New Rules Suggested

  1. Be respectful of other students and avoid distracting them and hindering their opportunity to learn.
  2. Refrain from making comments or remarks while the professor is teaching.
  3. Show your group members the same courtesy that you would give to the professor. Inform them of group meetings or activities that you will have to leave early or miss.
  4. In group discussions wait until the appropriate time to speak so as to avoid interrupting others.
  5. Participate in discussions and activities.
  6. All students should be given the opportunity to participate in a discussion. Avoid "hogging" the discussion.
  7. When participating in a discussion address an issue from multiple viewpoints.
  8. Avoid projectiles!
  9. Do not use a laptop during class.
  10. Turn off your cellular or digital phone.