Classroom Etiquette and Student Behavior Guidelines
The purpose of this information is to assist students in understanding proper classroom behavior. The classroom should be a learning centered environment in which faculty and students
are unhindered by disruptive behavior. You are a college student and are expected
to act in a mature manner. Unfortunately, we are finding students who seem to
be disrespectful of the learning process and their fellow students. Faculty have
the authority to manage their classrooms to ensure an environment conducive to learning.
Florida Statute Title XLVIII, Chapter 1006.61 and PBCC Board Rule 6Hx-18-3.35 state:
Any person who accepts the privilege extended by the laws of this state of attendance
at any public postsecondary educational institution shall, by attending such institution, be deemed to have given his or her
consent to the policies of that institution, the State Board of Education, and the laws of this state. Such policies shall
include prohibition against disruptive activities at public postsecondary educational institutions.
· Take responsibility for your education - There is a common myth among students
that because they pay tuition they deserve to receive credit for the class. This
is not true. In fact, students pay approximately 25 percent of the cost of their
education; taxpayers pay the rest. Instructors are here to create a learning
environment. Whether you learn depends on your willingness to listen, ask appropriate
questions, and do the work necessary to pass the course. If your academic preparation
from high school is weak or if you have been out of school for a period of time, you may have to work harder and seek more
help in order to succeed.
· Attend every class - You will find that students who attend every class, listen
to the instructor and take good notes will be more likely to pass (with a higher grade).
If you have an emergency or illness, contact your instructor ahead of time to let her/him know that you will be absent. A local study showed that students who missed the first class meeting were more likely
later to withdraw or fail. Important note: if you miss a class it is your responsibility
to meet with the instructor, outside of regular class time, to determine a plan to make up the missed work.
· Get to class on time - Students who walk into the classroom late distract other
students in the learning environment.
· Do not have private conversations - The noise is distracting to other students.
· Turn beepers and cellular phones off - It is also very distracting to hear
someone’s beeper or cellular phone go off in class.
· Do not dominate other students’ opportunity to learn by asking too many questions - It’s good to ask questions and make comments, but if you dominate the class time with too many questions and/or
comments, the instructor and other students cannot participate in class discussions.
Also, when asking questions and making comments, keep them related to the discussion at hand.
· Respect your instructor - Openly challenging the instructor’s knowledge
or authority in the classroom is not proper. If you take issue with the instructor’s
information or instructional methods, make sure that your comments are made without confrontation or antagonism. You may want to discuss your issues with her/him privately.
· Instructors’ classroom policies, procedures and teaching styles vary
- Some instructors enforce attendance policies vigorously; other instructors are more lenient about attendance. Assignments
and classroom activities are at the prerogative of the instructor. Each instructor
has the freedom and authority to set the guidelines and policies for their classroom (within the overall policies of the college).
· Your classmates deserve your respect and support - Others may have different
ideas and opinions from yours, they may ask questions you perceive to be “stupid,” but they deserve the same level
of respect from you as you wish from them.
· Come to class prepared - Students who forget common classroom supplies such
as a pencil, paper, books, test materials, etc. usually waste class time. Students
who have not completed their assigned homework many times ask questions that could have been answered through their assignments.
· Turn in your work on time - It is important to plan ahead. Students who wait until the last minute to do their work usually make lower grades and are more likely
to miss deadlines. Study and do your assignments every day. If a problem occurs at the last minute such as a computer malfunction, you will still be prepared.
· Do not bring children to class - Children in classrooms are distracting to
the instructor, other students, and you. You need to plan ahead for childcare.
· When having academic difficulty seek assistance - Your instructors are willing
to assist you however, there are other ways to get help. The Student Learning
Center has tutorial assistance available for many courses, student services can assist with course scheduling and career development
and specific courses, such as SLS1501 Strategies for College Success, are offered to help you succeed.
If you have questions or need
assistance, please make an appointment to see your academic advisor or call 207-5340.
He/She is willing to assist you so that you can succeed. Prepared by:
Office of the Dean of Student Services