describes U.B. policies on what I call "Classroom
Etiquette." The policies
were adopted by the University some time ago and they
are available as part of the UB Undergraduate
Catalog. Of course, it is
tragic that the University felt compelled to adopt these
policies in the
first place. One would have liked to assume that
students are responsible
individuals who know how to behave in a civilized
an institution of higher learning! Fortunately, in my
experience, I have
found that most students, in fact, are responsible
individuals and they
would find what follows below as pure common sense.
However, there are
always the few who have to be told how to behave--the
few who still think
they are in kindergarten!
While I have your attention on this matter, note the following: If, after reading this document, those of you who are still inclined to behaving like school children, and cannot resist doing so in my class, will leave me with no option but to treat you as school children as well. On a related matter: Afer all else has failed, I know of no other way of motivating an adult to be responsible, other than subjecting the person to public embarassment. (If you know of a better way let me know.)
OBSTRUCTION OR DISRUPTION IN THE CLASSROOM -- POLICIES
that faculty members are responsible for effective
management of the classroom
environment to promote conditions which will enhance
Accordingly, instructors should set reasonable rules
for classroom behavior
and must articulate these rules, in writing, in
materials provided to the
students at the start of the semester.
To prevent and respond to distracting behavior faculty should clarify standards for the conduct of class, either in the syllabus, or by referencing the expectations cited in the Student Conduct Regulations. Classroom "etiquette" expectations should include:
° Not packing bookbags or backpacks to leave until the instructor has dismissed class.
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